I spent most of yesterday watching football, and I’m appalled by the grammar of some people who make their living speaking on national television. Because of this, I’m inspired to offer up this little grammar mini-lesson. Let’s clarify this once and for all, shall we?
GOOD is an adjective used to describe a noun:
That was a good movie.
He is a good swimmer.
I had a good time on my vacation.
WELL is an adverb used to modify a verb, an adjective, or another adverb:
He kicks the ball very well.
You would do well to listen to the advice of your elders.
How are you today? I am well, thank you.
Now, of course there are other uses of both words. One can do trade in particular goods. One can go to a well and bring up some water for cooking. In the way the words are USUALLY used in common American English, though, the examples I’ve pointed out above are the way to go.
Over the course of the Patriots game yesterday, I heard “he threw that good” and “he kicked that field goal really good.”
I just can’t stand it.