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Session 76

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Activity 1

Good vs well

Do you have a minute to spare to learn some English? What's the difference between 'good' and 'well'? Sam's here to explain.Give us 60 seconds and we'll give you the English in this short, free English lesson.

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Hello, I'm Sam and we are going to look at the difference between 'good' and 'well' together.

I make very good pizza. What is 'good' describing? It's describing 'pizza', which is a noun, which makes 'good' an adjective. And where does it go in the sentence? It goes before the noun.

I make pizza very well. What is 'well' describing here? It's describing 'make'. And 'make' is a verb, so 'well' is an adverb. And where does it go in a sentence? It goes after the verb.

Careful, because 'well' can also be an adjective, but only to talk about feeling healthy or unhealthy. I wasn't feeling very well yesterday, but I'm fine today.

So keep watching these videos, so your English will be good and you'll be able to speak it well.


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Good vs well

is an adjective meaning 'pleasant, satisfactory or enjoyable'. It describes a noun and comes before that noun in the sentence.

  • I make very good pizza.
  • It was a good movie.
  • Today is a good day to swim!

is both an adjective and an adverb. As an adverb it means 'to a good standard'. It describes the verb and comes after the verb in that sentence. As an adjective we only use it to describe if we are feeling healthy or not.

  • I make pizza very well.
  • You handled that situation well. 
  • How well do you swim?
  • How are you? I'm very well, thanks!


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