What is the Difference Between “Good” and “Well”?

Good is frequently used as an adjectivewell is commonly an adverb.

Good

An adjective attributes or modifies a noun (e.g. good Betty), acts as a predicate (e.g. Betty is good.), can be preceded by an intensifier very (e.g. very good), and may take comparative (e.g. better) and superlative (e.g. best) forms. Check out below examples:

Predicative Adjective

  • Prisoners are often considered as good as dead and gone.
  • Ella was a good, compassionate lady, and not happy in her marriage.

Attributive Adjective

  • Give him my good wishes on his new job in Middle East.
  • It all tended to a good end; it was not mere waste and ruin.

Well

Meanwhile, the adverb well is always seen closest to verbs, sometimes to adjectives, as can be observed below:

Verb

  • Her figure was elegant, and she walked well.
  • Their house was a large, handsome stone building, standing well on rising ground.
  • My grandpa’s library was select, and its state of dilapidation proved it to have been well used.

Adjective

  • Your courage isdisguised: you seem damnably afraid!
  • He avoids long words and complicated phrases even when well educated.
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