Meaning of WELL in English

WELL

I

adjective

BAD : Everything was well until somebody came and sat in the seat next to mine.

GOOD : Everything was fine until somebody came and sat in the seat next to mine.

BAD : His table manners were not very well.

GOOD : His table manners were not very good.

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Well is usually used as an adverb: 'The team played well on Saturday.' As an adjective, well usually means 'in good health': 'George can't come because he's not very well.' 'He always looks well after a holiday.'

II

adverb

1

BAD : Each week he wrote her three letters, as well as telephoned her.

GOOD : Each week he wrote her three letters, as well as telephoning her.

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as well as + v-ing: 'Did you realize that, as well as being a dress designer, she manages a chain of health food shops?'

2

BAD : I don't have a car and I don't want one as well.

GOOD : I don't have a car and I don't want one either.

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See note at TOO 5 (↑ too )

3

BAD : As good Spaniards, they know as well how to enjoy life.

GOOD : As good Spaniards, they also know how to enjoy life.

GOOD : As good Spaniards, they know how to enjoy life as well/too.

BAD : Could you bring as well a tape recorder?

GOOD : Could you also bring a tape recorder?

GOOD : Could you bring a tape recorder as well/too?

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As well usually goes at the end of the clause: 'Do we have to invite their husbands as well?'

4

See KNOW 4 (↑ know )

5

DUBIOUS : The book is useful for teachers and pupils as well.

GOOD : The book is useful for teachers and pupils alike.

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To emphasize that something is equally true for each of the people, groups or things mentioned, use alike : 'This new medical dictionary will serve doctors and nurses alike.'

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