Good and Well… Two words that are very similar yet totally different. But, do not fear; everything will become clear soon, eager learner.
Before we look at the difference and how to use the words, let’s think about what you already know.
You know that good and well are both very common words, but did you know that well is more common than good?
Well ranks at 100 in the most common words in the English language scale whereas good is rank 110 according to Wordfrequency.info.
Because they are so common, you’ll meet them in conversations quite often. This is a good thing (or is that well? lol) because it means that once you understand exactly how to use them, you’ll have a lot of chance to use them until it becomes automatic (which is what you want).
This is a good time to mention that the reason WHY you should know the different use between the two words is a superficial one.
It’s purely for sounding natural and native-like.
That’s because if you make a mistake use good when you should’ve used well, people will still understand what you mean. You will still be able to communicate your meaning, which is the most important thing.
But, if you want to sound more native, then knowing exactly how to use the two words is important.
So, without further ado, here’s what you came here for:
So there you have it. Well and Good explained in simple and plain English. Now all you need to do is practise using the two words in your own way. I’d recommend making some flashcards with them, but you can do whatever you want to do.
Of course, if you’re ready to get seeeerious about English, you should check out the EFS Vault.
Sam is the founder and creator of English For Study. He's also a lecturer in EAP/Academic English. Apart from making Academic English easy, he likes learning languages, lifting weights and eating good food.