Good or Well?
Good or Well?What is the difference between "good" and "well"?
- "Good" is usually an adjective.
- A good solution
- I am good.
- "Well" can be an adjective or an adverb .
- A well specimen (i.e., a healthy specimen)
- I am well (in good health). (In these two examples, "well" is an adjective.)
- He played well. (In this example, "well" is an adverb.)
I Am Good/WellThe sentences "I am good" and "I am well" are both grammatically sound. Remember that "good" and "well" can both be used as adjectives. For example:
- I am good. (This means "I am of a fair or high standard. Of note, "I am good" also has an idiomatic meaning of "I have what I need.")
- I am well. (This means "I am in good health.")
GoodThe adjective "good" means "of a fair or high standard."
Example sentences with "good":
- My sister has enough money. She is good.
- Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment. (Actor Will Rogers)
WellThe adjective "well" means "in good health."
Example sentences with "well":
- My sister is over the virus. She is well.
- If you feel well and happy, your face will reflect this, but if you are having a miserable time, your face will soon show it. (Actress Joan Collins)
More about "I Am Good" and "I Am Well"Remember that both are correct.
Confusion arises because some people (ironically, it's those who think about grammar) believe an adverb must be used to modify the verb "am," and they know that "well" is the adverb of "good."
In the sentences "I am good" and "I am well," the verb is "am." So, they are right about that, but "am" is not a normal verb. It is a linking verb, and that's the point they miss. A linking verb is followed by an adjective or noun (called the subject complement). For example:
- I am flamboyant. (Here, "flamboyant" is an adjective. It is the subject complement of "am.")
- I am a man. (Here, "man" is a noun. It is the subject complement of "am.")