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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
This burger tastes _______________.

She's a _______________ teacher.

He moves pretty _______________ for a big guy.

It's a _______________ place to visit.

He's 76 years old, and he can't see _______________.

I can't come into work today. I don't feel _______________.

Arsenal played _______________ last night.

You need to speak _______________ if you want to be a politician.

They're not _______________ at math.

I saw a movie yesterday. It was pretty _______________.


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201 Comments on “When to use ‘good’ and ‘well’ – English Vocabulary”


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Hi Alex! Thank you for this lesson. I made 2 mistakes in the first and the third question. But I think that in the first question I am right. I would ask you to explain what is wrong. In the first question I answered “well” because “it tastes well”, not “this burger is good”.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

    …actually I described the verb “taste” with the adverb “well”. Isn’t it&? Grammatically, it should be right

    Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

      There is a small group of verbs of “sensation” that use the adjective instead of the adverb.

      It seems good, it looks fine, it smelled wonderful …
      It tastes good!!!!!
      “To taste” functions here as a copulative verb; “good” is the adjectival subject complement.
      Yeah just take it as it is

      Sunday, July 7th 2013

        Thanks for the clarification. But in the lesson was nothing about it. I intuitively imagined another answer :) but in the test decided to rely on the rules from the lesson. Now I know it. Thank you again!

        Sunday, July 7th 2013

        I can’t understand it.The first question I am wrong.But why the copulative verb can use good?

        Thursday, July 25th 2013

      A linking verb connects the subject of the sentence to information about the subject, such as adjective, noun, or subject complement. Whereas an action verb expresses an action and is usually followed by adverb.

      “taste” can be both a linking verb in some sentences and an action verb in others. One way to determine is to substitute “is” for it. If the sentence still makes sense, then “taste” is probably a linking verb; otherwise it’s an action verb.

      Ex: This burger tastes good = This burger is good.
      Ex: The wine tastes like vinegar = The wine is like vinegar.
      *** Make sense, so “taste” is a linking verb. Hence, the adjective “good” is the right answer.

      Ex: I can’t taste anything well because of my cold.
      The sentence doens’t make sense when substituting “taste” with “be”: I can’t be anything well because of my cold.
      *** Hence, “taste” is an action verb and must be followed by the adverb “well”.

      Friday, September 5th 2014

    I also answered well in the first question because is the verb what is being modified. What’s up with that, what we understood wrong?

    Friday, July 5th 2013

    I also answered “well” in the first question because the verb is what is being modified. This means that an adverb is required, right? What’s up with that? — (Please remove the previous comment. Thanks.))

    Saturday, July 6th 2013

    i think tastz is a state verb

    Saturday, July 27th 2013

Good lesson Alex, thank you…

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

10/10 Thanks, Alex!

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Thanks, Alex! You and Emma are my favorite teachers.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

    They are great.

    Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

I like it

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

9/10… Thank you, Alex! Really a good lesson!

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

My english is bad, but I understand perfect!
Good lesson!

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

thanks Alex!!!! as always an interesting lesson, simple and enriching :)

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

    you are right alex the first

    Monday, July 15th 2013

Thanks Alex , such a good lesson :)

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Hi Alex.you said good is adjective,well is adjective and adverb so what is the meaning of (well) in this case:question how is the market today answer: well,I think it is very terrible.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

9/10… My first test. Not too bad. Thanks Alex~~~!!!

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

I´m GOOD in english I got 10 correct.I´m felling so WELL.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

    I decided to work in a cruise ship as a Youth Counselor, but on the interview the woman said, that my language skill and level is weaker.
    I think it would be a great opportunity to earn more money. I have to improve my speaking to advanced level.
    What about your speaking level?

    Thursday, July 4th 2013

very good, very interesting.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Thanks Alex! I feel better now having learned a
new lesson.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

I got 10.
I did well this lesson. Thank you.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Good class Alex. Thanks.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Dear Alex, I request a lesson about the pronunciation of “ED” (Past tense). I’ve watched 3 EngVid, but did not like any of them.
Thanks
Ricardo
Brazil

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Hi Alex. I have a problem with “less vr least“. If you have time, can you think about this ? Thanks a lot for your lesson. I never miss one.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Thank you.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

Alex this was a very good lesson, sometimes we get confuse with this words. thank you

Wednesday, July 3rd 2013

thank youuuuu so much

Thursday, July 4th 2013

thank youuuuu so much

Thursday, July 4th 2013

yas ,i got 10 of 10>thanks

Thursday, July 4th 2013

Really useful lesson! Thanks!

Thursday, July 4th 2013

I got 9/10 . I don´t understand why there isn´t adverb – first answer.

Thursday, July 4th 2013

Thank you.

Thursday, July 4th 2013

thank you Alex…i got 8..not bad ..a little bit confusing

Thursday, July 4th 2013

Thank you Alex.

Thursday, July 4th 2013

thank you

Thursday, July 4th 2013

Thank you so much for this lesson Alex.
By the way very often I do not know if I must say “good” or “right”. As an example, what is the correct sentence:
-I’m on the right way
or
-I’m on the good way
Kind regards
Jean-Paul

Thursday, July 4th 2013

    “I’m on the right away” means that you are going straight where you should go or the right side of something. “I’m on the good way” means you are doing something well.

    Thursday, July 4th 2013

Alex, in the quit there was a question:

1. This burger tastes _______________.
good
well

I answered WELL because it modifies the verb (it tastes <= to taste), so it is adverb. But the quiz says it must be GOOD. Why?

Thursday, July 4th 2013

HI Alex ,
thank u for your lesson :)
I dont undrestand one thing in this quiz
1. This burger tastes _______________.

good
well
why good not well ?
after the verb i thought it shoud be “well” . I’m confused.Please, help me to undrestand.
greetings
Angelica

Thursday, July 4th 2013

    I think that we may use “well” in that case if there is action in the sentence. So “tastes” it is not action.

    Wednesday, July 10th 2013

Hi guys! I want to find a native speaker to improve my language skills and knowledge! I haven’t got a friend who talk with this language.
If you want to improve each other, let’s start it. only skype :)

Robert

Thursday, July 4th 2013

    Well, I’m not a native, but I really study hard every day and I like to talk in English with other people around the world. Fell free to send me a message. My skype is in my profile.

    Denise

    Thursday, July 4th 2013

My comments don’t show up. What’s happening?

Thursday, July 4th 2013

    I probably just had to approve them first!

    Either that, or you were hitting on the teachers.

    Friday, July 5th 2013

yeah, i got much information to use well and good.

Thursday, July 4th 2013

good alex…thanks …!!!

Thursday, July 4th 2013

Thank you Alex!!!

Thursday, July 4th 2013

100 :)

Thursday, July 4th 2013

Thank you,Alex! It was a great lesson!

Thursday, July 4th 2013

I got 10 out of 10 Good!!
Thank you to you Alex

Thursday, July 4th 2013

    I mean… thank you Alex…:)

    Thursday, July 4th 2013

#1 question,this hamburger tastes good is correct ,sounds right but after verb to tastes should be an adverb.

Thursday, July 4th 2013

    yah.i was confused about it too

    Thursday, July 4th 2013

    yeah but after taste we use an adj to describe the quality of the subject

    Friday, July 5th 2013

Thanks!!!

Thursday, July 4th 2013

am zing lesson i have 100/100

Thursday, July 4th 2013

Excelent!!

Thursday, July 4th 2013

hi thank you alex .

Thursday, July 4th 2013

excellent lessons..

Thursday, July 4th 2013

I got 10/10.
I understood all what you taugh.

Friday, July 5th 2013

    sorry I forgot “t” at taugh

    Friday, July 5th 2013

Alex, thanks.

Friday, July 5th 2013

HI Alex, gud mrng!this is JD, I’m living in Toronto, Canada.Do you guys have any Spoken English r ESL coaching location in TORONTO. i’m really want to learn from u guys n contact me @ mail2jd.bi@gmail.com
looking forward to your reply!
Thanks in advance

Friday, July 5th 2013

I got 10/10
Thank you so much for tracing so well

Friday, July 5th 2013

i enjoyed it very much

Friday, July 5th 2013

Thank you Alex! nice lesson.

Friday, July 5th 2013

I got 9/10, Thnks Alex, it was a great lesson

Friday, July 5th 2013

Thank you! A helpful lesson <3

Friday, July 5th 2013

I was always confused about this 2 words but not anymore thanks to you teacher Alex!

Friday, July 5th 2013

I love this site *-*

Friday, July 5th 2013

Thank you dear teacher!

Friday, July 5th 2013

Thanks Alex. It was a nice lesson ^^

Friday, July 5th 2013

for the first time i got two wrong thanks i like ur site

Friday, July 5th 2013

thnx for the lessons so much understandable

Saturday, July 6th 2013

Thank you helpful lession!

Saturday, July 6th 2013

Well done! Alex. Thanks a bunch!

Sunday, July 7th 2013

great lesson great teacher thanks Alex

Sunday, July 7th 2013

Thank you teacher Alex!

Sunday, July 7th 2013

Many many thanks!!!

Sunday, July 7th 2013

100 :) Thanks Alex

Sunday, July 7th 2013

just got average of 80% need to improve it. thank you..

Sunday, July 7th 2013

Thank you so much got perfect for the 1st quiz

Monday, July 8th 2013

Thanks ))

Monday, July 8th 2013

Thanks a lot Alex, you are an excellent teacher.

Monday, July 8th 2013

yeah…i got 100% correct. Thanks Teacher!

Tuesday, July 9th 2013

thanks a lot .could you give a brief explanation about using Fair & Fine as well ?( compare to Good & Well )

Tuesday, July 9th 2013

Thank you sir,i got 3/10 but they seems really confusing word when to use good or when to use well.My english is weak i m learning from 5 months ,and it’s really bad,what should i do to bring it up to the level

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

I´ve got a 10. I really understood the lesson. one question teacher: I wanna know if people like me; no-native-english speaker, would be able to understand a whole english sentence word by word when someone speak english? or we´ll be only able to interprete it?

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

Thank you :)

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

Hi Alex! Thank you! Now I’ve known about a linking verb (smell, feel) after i look up more about ‘Good’ and ‘Well’

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

Well, Thanks a lot for this lesson. I just made 1 mistake in the first question but I did not know why, now I understand because of the clarification above…

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

HAHAAH, Do you see: Dora rocks!! I got a 80.

Thursday, July 11th 2013

Hi Alex
I’m little confused because you said if we have a verb we use well. But the last example on the board has “feel” in sentence. It’s a verb, isn’t it ? Could you explain me why you used “good” ?

Thursday, July 11th 2013

    Becouse “feel” is said about “I”.

    Sunday, July 14th 2013

Thanks very much for such helpful lesson

Thursday, July 11th 2013

Thank you Alex.It is a good lesson and i have understood it very well.

Thursday, July 11th 2013

Great lesson, man!

Sunday, July 14th 2013

i made mistake in 2 ,but i corrected in 10
i’m confused. who can explain pretty good/ pretty well for me please, thank you

Sunday, July 14th 2013

The lesson is good. I understood everything well.Thanks.

Sunday, July 14th 2013

Thanks Alex.good lesson for us

Monday, July 15th 2013

Thank you alex!

Tuesday, July 16th 2013

10/10 feel happy thanks

Tuesday, July 16th 2013

Thanks teacher Alex . The lecture is very interesting and I am so happy to learn from you . Also I like your accent and I hope to be like you in the future

Wednesday, July 17th 2013

Hi Alex! i got a 9 and i did good!!
thanks!!

Thursday, July 18th 2013

Thank you Alex.

Thursday, July 18th 2013

This is boring

Monday, July 22nd 2013

Hey Alex, when I can say PRETTY GOOD? and I can to say PRETTY WELL also?

Wednesday, July 24th 2013

I can use FINE also? … I’m FINE or They played FINE or just I can use good and well?

Wednesday, July 24th 2013

feeling good now ! 90%

Thursday, July 25th 2013

pretty good lesson.
feeling good !100

Saturday, July 27th 2013

Thanks for the lessen.

Sunday, July 28th 2013

It is useful theme. Thanks.

Tuesday, July 30th 2013

Thanks Alex, you are very good teacher

Friday, August 2nd 2013

Thanks Alex, I hit 9. In the English courses in brazil, we just learn that we have to use “Good” for somethings and “well” for other things. But we didn’t learn “why”. I understood perfectly both of uses, so thank you!

Tuesday, August 6th 2013

Thanks Alex. I am GOOD now.

Saturday, August 10th 2013

Hi dear teacher it was very good because I thought both good and well as the same but now I know that one of them is adjective and the other is adverb it becomes clear now thanks a lot and bye bye

Monday, August 12th 2013

It’s very good.

Monday, August 12th 2013

Perfect lesson!

Wednesday, August 14th 2013

there is not video presentation…….help me

Thursday, August 15th 2013

it help me to learn proper english. …

Saturday, August 17th 2013

Thank you very much, it’s very useful

Monday, August 19th 2013

I m happy with this lesson; i make just one mistake ;the best website

Monday, August 19th 2013

oops..
i got 8/10..

well i learned too much from u… :)

THANK YOU SIR…

Monday, August 19th 2013

it was very helpful
Thank you

Tuesday, August 20th 2013

i love this lesson.you are good teacher.
thank.

Wednesday, August 21st 2013

i got 7/10 i don´t feel good, i thought had understood

Thursday, August 22nd 2013

9/10
I like the lesson
Thank you alex

Saturday, August 24th 2013

Thanks Alex.. I liked the lesson.. 9/10

Thursday, August 29th 2013

Thank you Alex, I need to know if I can use fine when somebody ask: how are you?

Friday, August 30th 2013

8/10 thank you Alex!

Sunday, September 1st 2013

are this american english or british english? because i usually say “I’m fine.”if people ask how are you in my country

Tuesday, September 3rd 2013

super lesson brother congratulation thanks for teach me

Wednesday, September 4th 2013

hehehehe

Thursday, September 5th 2013

it’s very useful

Saturday, September 7th 2013

Nice to meet you. Thank you for your lesson.
Can I ask a question?
At the third question, I mistook. But I don’t understand why, yet.
3. He moves pretty _______________ for a big guy.
I answered…”good.” But actually the correct answer was well.

Saturday, September 7th 2013

    No reply is OK. I understood it this time :)

    Friday, September 20th 2013

thanks :)

Sunday, September 8th 2013

thank you Alex .

Sunday, September 8th 2013

Thanks Alex

Wednesday, September 11th 2013

thanks :)

Thursday, September 12th 2013

It was good…

Friday, September 13th 2013

Thank you. Like grazisil13, I got 10. I am good in this kind of lesson and I am feeling well now.

Friday, September 20th 2013

I got 8 correct out of 10. I looked at my comment above. This time the question “No.3″ was correct. Interesting! I wish my score would be perfect next time. Thank you, Alex :D

Friday, September 20th 2013

Thank you Alex. :)

Friday, September 20th 2013

9/10… :d thanks

Friday, September 20th 2013

A big thanks for you.I made mistake first quastion but Poslege answered to first comment and I understood why I made mistake.As mentioned him tast,smell and look are sensation verb and we shall use an adjective to describe them.but as you said well is adjective too,why don’t we use both of them’good and well’?

Saturday, September 21st 2013

Thanks Alex!i got 10 and now I know the difference between good and we’ll.

Tuesday, September 24th 2013

10/10.Thanks !

Monday, September 30th 2013

Thank u so much Alex,i got 9/10 and!!!

Monday, September 30th 2013

i got 90 number.i made mistake at no.3 i dont know
why this is wrong
my answer was “first one (good)

Tuesday, October 1st 2013

thanx but good and well its difficult i cant understand it both of these lawyas fault hhhhh realy ian not uderstand

Friday, October 4th 2013

sorry i mean always and iam not understood

Friday, October 4th 2013

I got 80 number, Great lesson, I always had answered how to use the words: good and well.

Friday, October 4th 2013

thanks alex this good lesson

Saturday, October 19th 2013

I got 100 :), thanks Alex.

Saturday, October 19th 2013

Thanks so much Teacher Alex.
It was a very good and interesting lesson for me.
I answered all of them correctly)) and it gladdened me so much))

Sunday, October 27th 2013

Thanks

Wednesday, November 27th 2013

Thanks got 70%

Sunday, December 1st 2013

You got 10 correct out of 10. Yay that was easy))

Tuesday, December 10th 2013

Thank you Alex

Tuesday, December 17th 2013

Thank you Alex,my english knowledge is improving!!! In my country people use to say, for example, sentences like that: well, tomorrow I went to( and begining to tell an essay), can I use the adverb well at first place in a sentence?

Wednesday, December 18th 2013

Ups!!! I should write yesterday, sorry,,,

Wednesday, December 18th 2013

Thank you Alex for your useful lesson.

Saturday, December 21st 2013

10 false; so i got 9/10,, i think it’s a good mark.
well, have a good night :)

Monday, January 6th 2014

Thank you!!! Great lesson I made a 100!!!

Thursday, January 23rd 2014

wow, i got perfect score. Awesome!!!! This is my first day here and I find it so informative and it refresh my English. Thanks

Thursday, January 23rd 2014

I understood this lesson well :)

Tuesday, January 28th 2014

Thanks alex for clearing things between Good and Well. You are a very good Teacher.

Tuesday, January 28th 2014

I like this lesson. Tks teacher ^^

Tuesday, January 28th 2014

thanks teacher :D

Thursday, January 30th 2014

Thanks Alex. Now I feel pretty good about the words GOOD and WELL. When we talk about the nouns we use Good, and for verbs we use Well. It’s very clear.
Alex is a very good teacher in English. He explained very well about GOOD and WELL words.

Thursday, January 30th 2014

100% thankz Alex

Wednesday, February 5th 2014

Thanks you teacher Alex you are fabulous

Sunday, February 9th 2014

Thanks for your effort.It was helpful.Would you please give us some information about ‘anticipatory it’?

Thursday, March 13th 2014

Thanks you.
This was a good lesson.

Wednesday, April 16th 2014

10 out of 10. Yahoo!

Saturday, April 19th 2014

Hi Alex

What a great site and what an impressive teacher you are! I taught ESL 16 years ago for a period of three years and recently decided to go back to it so your lessons are really are helpful, it’s all coming back to me through you:) I have a couple of questions for you regarding teacher/student workbooks. I believe I used to use Oxford/Cambridge workbooks and today, here in the US, the school I have just begun working for uses Pearson. Do you have a preference? I would like to start doing private lessons and would love your input on this. Also if you know of any useful workbooks that help teachers teach difficult grammar concepts I would love to know. Keep up the great work!

Monday, April 21st 2014

i got 9/10 ^_^ i need to study hard for much better ^_^

Friday, May 2nd 2014

Alex,
I have a mass with it.
We say – It tastes good. Taste is a verb. It should be incorrect. According to your lesson it should not be so.

I have a text book with an entirely diffrent approach – 1. There is a group of verbs which require good ( so called linkink verbs ) 2. a group of action verbs – we use well.
Then they explain cases in which the meaning of the sentence changes more or less according to your explanations.

look good vs look well
feel good vs feel well

Eventually I am a bit lost. Can you help me?

Sunday, May 4th 2014

nice and short

Tuesday, May 6th 2014

same doubt at first question. lsn’t well modifying the verb to taste?

Friday, May 30th 2014

Mr. Alex, I am learning a lot of English with you. Your lessons and teaching make me feel very motivated. They are clear and simple.
Thanks a lottt!

Tuesday, June 17th 2014

Thnak you. but my question is about the first one. Why is the question “… tastes good?”

Wednesday, July 9th 2014

Cheers mate!I got 10 correct out of 10.
cheerio.

Saturday, July 26th 2014

8/10

Friday, August 1st 2014

Thank you.Alex!^^

Friday, August 15th 2014

Thank you!

Friday, September 5th 2014

it’s seems to me that this lesson is easy, but as you can see my friends, less people have 100% on quiz. thank Allex,

Sunday, September 7th 2014

Very good lesson, shortly and useful

Tuesday, September 9th 2014

So helpful, thank you Allex, you teach pretty well

Sunday, September 14th 2014

your accent is very clear and well,and your lesson is fantastic ,it will help me a lot

thanks teacher a lot

Wednesday, September 17th 2014

thanks

Wednesday, September 24th 2014

Actually … these two words are very confusing because I always hesitate which one I should use but now everything is clear and I did the quiz well .. you are a good teacher alex and your performance in videos is well as always :D

Friday, September 26th 2014

10 out of 10, Great!
good –> mental state
well –> physical state
That explanation truly got me

Sunday, September 28th 2014

yey,thank you so much alex it is a good lesson i enjoyed it so much,im not really good in speaking english thats why i really enjoyed watching your video and i learned something,and ive got 9 correct out of 10

Friday, October 10th 2014

I’ve made two mistakes, but it’s only me to blame. Alex, thanks for your video. You are GOOD teacher =)

Saturday, October 25th 2014
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