A life-affirming request from the peanut gallery begs to know the difference between “well” and “good,” which is all, well, well and good.
But before we can address this grammatical conundrum, we must first refresh our knowledge of adjectives, adverbs, and not one but two kinds of verbs! Which means…
You Try—Round 1:
She is a good dancer.
She dances well.
He uses grammar well in his writing.
He has good grammar.
You Try—Round 2:
That dress is a little tight. It doesn’t look good on you.
Do you have a cold? You don’t look well. (“Well,” in this instance, is an adjective describing the appearance of health. Because you’re using an adjective, “good” is also an acceptable answer.)
This pie is delicious! It tastes so good!
You know what? I think I do have a cold. I can’t taste so well.