Writing Essentials - Tips and Techniques

Utilise this movella to aid your writing needs from punctuation to correct verb usage! You will review important mechanics of writing in order to create sentences that express coherence and fervour. Each chapter in this movella will discuss various writing tools that have the ability to turn any piece of writing into a magnificent work of art.


11. Adverbs and Adjectives

In conversation, not everyone realises that they speak incorrectly more than half the time. It is much different in writing, so this mistake should not be occurring, but it does anyway, unfortunately.

I am sure you have heard this reply before:

I'm doing good.

And I am sure you have said this yourself, along with believing that it is the correct way to reply.


Good is not an adverb. It is an adjective—ONLY!

You cannot say you are doing "good" because now you are doing poorly in English. The only time you can use Good in "I'm doing good" is when the word contextually means "deed".

I'm doing good.

You are doing a deed. In this context, Good is a noun. Someone who does good is someone who expresses benevolence.

"Superman does good, and he does it well."

Well is considered an adverb, but it is seldom an adjective.


Use Good when stating an appearance or condition.

You look good.

The soccer game was good.

Use Well when stating an ability or a result of something that happened.

I did not do very well.

My professor teaches well enough that I understand the material immediately.

When someone says:

I do not feel good,

this is still correct because the person is stating a condition.

When someone says:

I do not feel well,

this is just the same as the first sentence because well can also be used as an adjective, which states a condition in this case.


If you do not understand what an adverb is, it is basically an adjective describing how the verb was done. To change an adjective into an adverb, attach the commonly known tail, -ly to the end of the adjective.

Loose - Loosely

Thorough - Thoroughly

Usual - Usually

Over - Overly

Even - Evenly


There are also adjectives that change more than just adding -ly. When an adjective ends with a 'Y', replace the 'Y' with an 'I', followed by the -ly to create the adverbial form.

Angry - Angrily

Happy - Happily

Lazy - Lazily

Sexy - Sexily (or Sexual - Sexually)

Noisy - Noisily


Now, what about words that cannot have -ly attached to them? This is where well lies. There are words in English that can only be used as adverbial phrases, so they do not need the adverbial suffix.

Sometimes (sometime is the adjectival word)

Seldom (rare is the adjectival word)

Well (well is the adjectival word)

Forthwith (immediate is the adjectival word)

Far (far is the adjectival word)


So, the next time you write your essay, keep in mind which are your adjectives and which are your adverbs!

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