Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Editing for Grammarphobes: Good Versus Well
How many times have you heard the following statement on television or in conversation?
He played good.
Too many times to count? Well, it is wrong. The correct usage is as follows.
He played well.
“Well” is an adverb. Adverbs describe verbs. When used as an adverb, “well” means “skillfully.”
“Well” as an adjective means “healthy.” You would not say someone played healthy, would you?
“Good” is an adjective. Adjectives describe nouns, not action verbs.
She did a good job.
My breakfast tasted good this morning.
Parenthood month on "Flash Fiction Fridays" continues with a great fable from Camille LaGuire.