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2018.07.27 Issue:Well (Part 1)

Well” is an interesting English word. It can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and exclamation.

Noun: We get our water from that well.
Verb: When she watched the end of the movie, tears welled up in her eyes.
Adjective: I am not feeling well today.
Adverb: I like to sing, but I can’t sing very well.
Exclamation: Well, maybe I can meet you at 5 p.m.

While using “well” as a noun and verb is fairly straightforward, it can be more confusing using well as an adjective, adverb and exclamation.

Today, let’s look at how we can use “well” in our conversations. In this article we will look at how we use “well” as an adjective and adverb. Next time, we will look at how to use “well” as an exclamation.

As an adjective, “well” usually means “healthy.” “Well” is often used with verbs like “be,” “look,” “sound,” “get” or “feel.”

  • I was sick last week, but I am feeling well now.
  • I hope your parents are well.
  • He doesn’t sound well. I think he should see a doctor.
  • Please get well soon.

As an adverb, “well” has two common meanings. One meaning of well is “in a good way.”

  • My sister plays the guitar very well.
  • I started taking Japanese lessons, but I can’t speak it well yet.
  • Our project is going very well. We hope to have everything finished by Friday

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英会話イーオン東京本社教務課コーディネーター。イーオン教師のトレーニングや英語セミナーを企画制作するカリスマ教師として活躍中。カリフォルニア大学バークレー校卒業。趣味は読書、料理、クラフトワーク。

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