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vipin viswanathan
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 8:53:28 AM

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You speak English good.
You speak English well.

I guess the second one is right. Could you tell me the reason?
Thanks.
Wilmar (USA) 1M
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 9:11:50 AM

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Looking up both words might be helpful.
Here is a small bit from TFD:
good – well
1. 'good'
Something that is good is pleasant, acceptable, or satisfactory. The comparative form of good is better. The superlative form is best.

Your French is better than mine.
This is the best cake I've ever eaten.
2. 'well'
Good is never an adverb. If you want to say that something is done to a high standard or to a great extent, you use well, not 'good'.

She speaks English well.
I don't know him very well.
See well
The comparative form of well is better. The superlative form is best.

I changed seats so I could see better.
Use the method that works best for you.
sureshot
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 10:11:44 AM
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vipin viswanathan wrote:
You speak English good.
You speak English well.

I guess the second one is right. Could you tell me the reason?
Thanks.

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The first sentence can be corrected. The sentence should be "You speak good English". The second sentence is correct.

In the first sentence, "good" is an adjective and describes the noun(English). Using "good" as an adverb is faulty. In the second sentence "You speak English well", "well" is an adverb. This means that the adverb "well" modifies the verb(to speak).

Most people generally use the two sentences to convey a similar sense. It is useful to know that the two sentences convey a slightly different meaning and the words "good" and "well" leads to difference in emphasis. "To speak good English" would be more common to describe a non-native English speaker who has the ability to express himself/herself in English. Such a person doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. However, "to speak English well" has more of the meaning of speaking with eloquence. Its use suggests that the delivery of the language is above average.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 10:23:42 AM

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Think about the situation you are interviewed for a job. They might ask you "How's your English?"

You: "I manage well with my English." You have the skill to talk with people in English. You understand and are being understood in that language.
"My English is good." You have some higher grade ability to use the language.
thar
Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2021 10:35:10 AM

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simplest explanation:

good = adjective
modifies the noun
I speak good English

or as a complement:
My English is good.
My German is bad.


well
adverb
modifies the verb.
How you speak.
I speak English well.
I speak German badly.
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