Getting It Write
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
“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?”