a public aside to brni

when you corrected my usage of “good” in my statement, “I’m feeling good,” you were wrong. here’s the deal from dr.grammar (http://www.drgrammar.org/faqs/#21).

Good or Well?
Good and well are often misused. According to The Grammar Bible, “good is an adjective. It can only modify nouns and pronouns. Well is an adverb. It can only modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs. Too many people use good, the adjective, when they need well, the adverb. I scored good on my spelling test.(incorrect) The new car runs good. (incorrect) In each example, the adjective good modifies a verb, scored and runs, respectively. Only adverbs modify verbs. These situations call for the adverb well. I scored well on my spelling test.(correct) The new car runs well.(correct) A frequently used expression, ‘to feel well,’ in American parlance, implies that one’s touching ability is in excellent condition” (141-142).
Brian’s Common Errors in English, see Writing Resources, provides further explanation: “‘Good’ is the adjective, ‘well’ is the adverb. You do something well, but you give someone something good. The exception is verbs of sensation in phrases such as ‘the pie smells good,’ or ‘I feel good'[emphasis added]. Despite the arguments of nigglers, this is standard usage. Saying ‘the pie smells well’ would imply that the pastry in question had a nose. ‘ I feel well’ is also generally acceptable; but it is not the only correct usage.” I hope the exception above helps to explain the rule.

i only mention it because your correction was in public and, well, i feel that tit-for-tat is necessary for my general well-being and all around good vibrations.

*evil grin w/smooches*


7 responses to “a public aside to brni

  • jezebellydancer

    You go girl!
    This is one of those grammar things that I always have to look up. That and which always get me too.
    And shame on Brni for pointing it out in public, right or wrong. Who died and made him Grammar Queen? Mind your manners, big guy. I’ll climb a ladder and smack you silly. Don’t piss off the crones πŸ™‚
    Sign me HarpyLady

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    • lsaboe

      Re: You go girl!
      yeah, shouldn’t mess with the crones. we may misplace our keys, but we will remember every slight, no matter how small.
      in brni’s defense tho’, “public” was only one friend at dinner. usually, he’s right (grammar-wise), so when i find rare evidence like this, i *have* to use it.
      *still grinning*

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      • jezebellydancer

        Re: You go girl!
        I’m not the grudge carrying type–I have enough baggage πŸ™‚ You water signs though…
        I just flare up and get it out of my system. Because of that, I’ve had to learn how to apologize early and often. The biggest problem is I often don’t recognize when I need to apologize. 😦 Lucky for me, I am so charming–haha. It’s an Aries thing, I’ve been known to run slipshod over other folks emotions. Hence my friend Jenn dubbed me Harpy. Heh, She’s still a mermaid, what does she know of Harpies?

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    • brni

      Re: You go girl!
      I still maintain that there is a distinction. It is entirely possible to feel good while not feeling well.
      (imagine, if you will, that you are coming down with the flu – sinuses starting to fill, muscles starting to ache – but johnny depp is going down on you…)

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      • lsaboe

        cheating you are
        it’s not fair to be right when you’re wrong.
        go away.

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      • brni

        Re: cheating you are
        you don’t like johnny depp?

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      • jezebellydancer

        Re: You go girl!
        Yeah, imagine that. I am not feeling well (that’s why I’ve been offline), and I am not feeling good either. No Johnny Depp in sight. Although the codeine does make for a certain spaced out euphoria. It’s not the flu, just a nasty nasty cold. I’ve been lying in bed enjoying the weird dreams and lying on the sofa watching Season 2 of LOST.

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