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D00M
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 12:58:45 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

Is there any difference in meaning between the following two sentences?

1) I don't feel well.
2) I am not feeling well.

I know that in #1 "well" is an adjective and in the second it is an adverb. But is there any difference in meaning?

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 1:11:47 PM

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Hi D00M.

I wouldn't say that 'well' is an adverb in the second one.
To me, they are both the same. They mean that right at this moment (and a bit into the past and a bit into the future) I'm not feeling at my best.

If "well" is changed to an adverb, it changes the meaning of the whole idea.

Normally "to feel well" is to be healthy and not have any pains or discomforts. It can be used in any tense - the progressing and the simple are very little different (as 'feel' includes the idea of progression anyway).

If you make 'well' into an adverb meaning "in a satisfactory manner, skilfully, successfully", it means "My sense of touch is not working properly. I can't feel in a satisfactory manner."

1) I don't feel well.
2) I am not feeling well.

These both mean the same thing (and "well" is an adjective in both).

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D00M
Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 1:49:23 PM

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I see.
Thanks a lot, you knowledgeable dragon.

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
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