Good & Well

The main difference between good and well is:

Good is an adjective and well is an adverb.

Sarah paints well.

Jim is a good painter.

Things become confusing after linking verbs; we use good after linking verbs such as: be, taste, sound, smell, look, seem and feel if we want to describe the subject, not the action of the verb:

The film wasn’t good at all.

This dish smells good to me.

I feel good today.

We use well after the linking verbs: be, feel, look and seem if we want to use the adjective form of well meaning ’healthy’:

Jim feels well enough to leave the hospital.  

Fiona was well yesterday, but she feels sick today.

 

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