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Atatürk
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 4:23:44 AM

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She's pretty good about wearing glasses, she can't see much without them.

Does it mean that she is willing to wear glasses?

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pjharvey
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 5:06:17 AM
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No. "Good" cannot be used that way. You need a different construction.

Maybe "She's pretty convinced of the importance of wearing glasses", or "She's pretty used to wearing glasses".
BobShilling
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 5:21:21 AM
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Atatürk wrote:
She's pretty good about wearing glasses, she can't see much without them.

Does it mean that she is willing to wear glasses?

Yes.

In BrE, if people are 'good about' doing something, it means they are prepared/willing/happy to do do it. It can also suggest, especially with children, that they remember to do it.

Its use in your sentence is not very natural. If she can't see much without glasses, then we would expect her to wear them. We wouldn't normally comment on her being 'good about' this.

Incidentally, you have a comma splice in your sentence.
Atatürk
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 5:42:58 AM

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Thank you, Bob.

Here's the whole context:

R: Now, does she have any medical conditions we need to know about? Does she have asthma or any hearing problems for example?
C: No. But she does need to wear glasses.
R: Oh, I’ll make a note of that.
C: Yes, she’s pretty good about wearing them, she can’t see much without them.


Would you find it more natural in the given context?

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pjharvey
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 5:55:28 AM
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BobShilling wrote:
Atatürk wrote:
She's pretty good about wearing glasses, she can't see much without them.

Does it mean that she is willing to wear glasses?

Yes.

In BrE, if people are 'good about' doing something, it means they are prepared/willing/happy to do do it. It can also suggest, especially with children, that they remember to do it.

Its use in your sentence is not very natural. If she can't see much without glasses, then we would expect her to wear them. We wouldn't normally comment on her being 'good about' this.

Incidentally, you have a comma splice in your sentence.


Really?
Never heard before! And I cannot find any example of the usage on the internet. Is it some sort of slang?

However, I don't think it can be used in this case.
BobShilling
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 6:54:46 AM
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pjharvey wrote:

I cannot find any example of the usage on the internet. Is it some sort of slang?

You'll find examples in several of the sentences here.

It is not slang.

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However, I don't think it can be used in this case.

With the caveats I mentioned in my earlier post it's OK.
FounDit
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 5:32:26 PM

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Being "good" about something is also very common in AmE, too.


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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 6:13:43 PM

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The instructor is good about teaching students how to argue ...
Teaching in Progress: Theories, Practices, and Scenarios - Josephine Koster Tarvers - 1998

"He is good about boiling things down to one or two issues."
Almanac of the Federal Judiciary - 1995

It's not slang. It is often used with a moderating adverb - "he's quite good about . . .", "she's pretty good about it", "My dad's fairly good about lending me his car."

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pjharvey
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 4:07:43 AM
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Thank you, BobShilling, FounDit and Drag0nspeaker.
I knew about "feeling good about" - now I have learnt that you can replace "feel" with "be" (as in most cases).
BobShilling
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 6:47:36 AM
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Nobody has said anything about FEEL good about meaning anything like BE good about.
BobShilling
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 6:47:38 AM
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Nobody has said anything about FEEL good about meaning anything like BE good about.
Atatürk
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 8:35:16 AM

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Why do you repeat yourself, Bob?

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BobShilling
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 9:41:57 AM
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I eat my food too fast.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 2:48:35 PM

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Atatürk wrote:
Why do you repeat yourself, Bob?

Sometimes (it seems at random times, but it may be in busy periods) one can click on "Post" and nothing happens for several minutes.
If that happens to you and you click on "Post" a second time, your message will be posted twice.


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thar
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 2:59:21 PM

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BobShilling wrote:


In BrE, if people are 'good about' doing something, it means they are prepared/willing/happy to do do it. It can also suggest, especially with children, that they remember to do it.

Its use in your sentence is not very natural. If she can't see much without glasses, then we would expect her to wear them. We wouldn't normally comment on her being 'good about' this.
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A lot of/some/ a few children aren't good about wearing their glasses - they are embarrassed or just find them annoying (being able to see better doesn't help when they fog up!) Being called four-eyes is no fun, and have you ever been hit by a ball on the side of your glasses? - pain factor 10!

I started wearing mine at a few months old, and I had them tied to my head - and they let me see the world for the first time, so for me it was never an issue - I must have thought they were magic! I need them to get around so I never take them off - and I was too cute in them to be bullied. Whistle

But especially if you don't need them all the time, some children do try to get away with not wearing them - unfortunately even if they need them.

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If you're struggling to get your child to wear glasses, you're not alone. Many parents have searched for hints and tricks to make their child more open to the idea of wearing glasses every day.

Most kids consider wearing glasses a hindrance, or they feel abnormal and different from their peers. Your child may feel embarrassed to have others see that he indeed has a vision problem. Hearing your child has a vision problem can be difficult for both of you, but getting your child to wear glasses may be even more of a challenge.


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