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Grammar Tips

Getting It Write
It's All Well & Good

In our continuing series focusing on effective writing, we examine common grammar mistakes. Good writing, free of error, allows the reader to concentrate on your message. It is always a good idea to reread your newsletter one more time before you print it. Even better—get someone else to read it. While preparing for your next newsletter, consider this common grammatical error.

Proper use of “good” and “well” can be tricky. It can be hard to remember which form is correct.

Remember This Rule

Good” is an adjective and is used to describe a noun or pronoun. It is often used with forms of the verbs be, look, feel, sound, or taste. Never use "good" to modify a verb or as an adverb.


“The band sounds good this evening.”

"This material feels good on your skin."

“That cake tastes very good fresh fruit on top.”

Well” is usually an adverb. It is used to describe a verb or sometimes an adjective. It is also used if you are describing how one feels, as in feeling healthy or unhealthy. Take care not to confuse this with how something feels, as to the touch.


“He speaks well in public.”

“Does he feel well enough to go with us?”


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