ChanteSez … Doing well, part 2

It seems that the last ChanteSez strayed a bit too far in the general advice lane.

Here’s more instruction on the difference between “well” and “good” in a grammatical sense.

“Well” is an adverb in the phrase “I am doing well.” It is modifying the action in this sentence, the “doing.”

That is the job of adverbs: to describe the verb. Adverbs typically answer how, when, or where.

Just about any word that ends in “ly” is an adverb. That’s why I suggested last week that the opposite of someone doing well would be someone doing poorly, or badly.

Other examples of “ly” adverbs:

  • She happily sang the song.
  • He dressed handsomely.
  • People who talk righteously often have deep flaws.

The thing that can be a little confusing is that “good” can be used as an adverb. While it may not sound “proper,” it is commonly acceptable for “good” to be used when saying “I am doing good,” especially in informal situations.

But to be safe, ChanteSez keep “good” as an adjective, and leave “well” enough alone.

  • She did a good job balancing work and leisure.
  • Those are good margaritas!
  • Cloudeater is a really good band.

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