Grammar Hammer: I’m Good With Good
“How are you?” is the question that seems to always follow a greeting. “Hi, how are you?” The non-committal answer for many is “I’m fine, thanks,” but some people will answer with “I’m good” or “I’m well.” Grammatically speaking, which is right? I’m good? Or I’m well?
If I were to ask my grandfather, The Colonel, he would say the correct answer is “I’m well” because well is an adverb and modifies verbs.
“Saying ‘I’m good’ is incorrect, granddaughter, because ‘good’ is an adjective and modifies a noun, not a verb.”
I hate to disagree with my grandfather on this (especially on what would have been his 101st birthday), but truth be told, answering the “How are you?” question with “I’m good” is actually grammatically fine.
Why? It’s because there is a difference between action verbs and linking verbs.
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