Misused Words

Good and Well

Good is an adjective, so it must be used to modify a noun or a pronoun.

The young lad was good in church.

Well is an adverb, so it should be used to modify a verb or another adverb.

The young lad behaved well in church.

Note: Well can be used as other parts of speech, but it is most often used incorrectly as an adverb.

Practice

Choose the correct answer for each of the two practice sentences below by clicking on the correct answer.

(1) It was a (good, well) day for drying clothes outdoors.

(2) The student did (good, well) on his final examination.

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