Good or Well?

Good is an adjective. It describes nouns or pronouns. It may be used with descriptive linking verbs like look, feel, sound, taste, or be to describe the subject.

Incorrect: The coffee tasted well this morning.

Correct: The coffee tasted good this morning.

Correct: The pitcher is looking good today.

Well is normally an adverb. It describes verbs (sometimes adjectives) and is used with most other verbs.

Well as an adjective means "healthy."

Incorrect: He pitches good.

Correct: He pitches well.

Incorrect when speaking specifically of health: I do not feel very good.

Correct: I do not feel very well. (healthy)

See also Irregular Comparisons.


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