|'good' and 'well'|
Wagner from Sweden asks:
'We eat good and drink well.' (An English colleague put it that way.)
Therefore it has to be we eat well as we are describing how we eat and drink. It might be said that adverbs answer the question How? whilst adjectives answer the question What sort of?
Study the following:
|In English, we often play around with basic language, whether consciously or unconsciously, for effect. So, whilst 'we eat well and drink well' would be grammatically correct, 'we eat good and drink well' may be more effective in terms of impact because it breaks the grammatical rule. I would not recommend it, however, if you are taking an exam, but it will sound good over a drink with friends.|
Why not sound well in this particular example? It is because when we use verbs such as be, seem, appear, sound, look, feel, smell, taste, they are followed by adjectives rather than adverbs as we are describing the subject of the sentence rather than the action of the verb.
similar reasons we would talk about:
A good-natured boy. (good describes his nature)
only time when well can be used as an adjective by itself is
when we are talking about someone's health. Here well means
in good health. Compare the following:
that the expression well and good is used to indicate that
you find a particular situation satisfactory or acceptable. Thus,
we might say:
there is now a trend among young people, particularly in the 18 -
25 age range, to use well instead of very in expressions
Again it breaks the rule and is effective in the impact it makes.
Well used in this way often refers to exceptional circumstances or is used as a summary statement. I wonder if this creative use of the English language has reached you yet in your part of the world?