Yes, it seems a bit harsh, but it’s true, and it’s the method she used to help us understand when to use WELL and when to use GOOD.
WELL – an adverb, which describes HOW something is done.
- Shelley rides really well. (Describes how she rides.)
- Chad paints so well that his teacher is recommending him for the scholarship. (Describes how he paints.)
- Would you say she writes well? (Describes how she writes.)
GOOD – an adjective, which describes a NOUN (person, place, thing, idea, or concept).
- The lasagna is so good. (Describes the lasagna.)
- The writer is better than good; he’s fabulous! (Describes the writer.)
- It was a good website that had up-to-date information. (Describes the website.)
GOOD and WELL:
- It was good plan, and it was carried out well. (Good describes the plan, and well describes how it was carried out.)
- She’s a good architect, and her work is well received. (Good describes the architect, and well describes how her work is received.)