Even among native speakers, it can be common to hear these two words used incorrectly. Although ‘well’ has other meanings (regarding health or a place where fresh water can be had), the focus here is on the differences between good and well.
Good / Well
‘Good’ is an adjective (it helps describe something) and ‘well’ is an adverb (it helps describe how something is done).
- IELTS is a good test of your ability to use English (‘good’ is describing the test)
- I performed well in my IELTS speaking test (‘well’ is describing how the speaker performed).
Test yourself! Select the correct answer from the list for each gap
- It is important to eatif you want to be fit and healthy.
- He playedduring the tournament even though he lost.
- It’sto check your tyres before going on a long car journey.
- Eurgh! This is horrible! I thought you said the soup here was!
- Juan can speak English, but he is not soat writing.
- She is afriend – she’s always there when I need her.
- Most people do not sleep veryif they drink coffee just before they go to bed.
2. He played WELL during the tournament even though he lost.
3. It’s GOOD to check your tyres before going on a long car journey.
4. Eurgh! This is horrible! I thought you said the soup here was GOOD!
5. Juan can speak English WELL, but he is not so GOOD at writing.
6. She is a GOOD friend – she’s always there when I need her.
7. Most people do not sleep very WELL if they drink coffee just before they go to bed.