There was something early on in my marriage that threatened to tear us apart. A small corner of the grammar world that has turned into one of my biggest pet peeves. No… not “you’re vs. your” … or the one I usually am a victim of myself: “it’s vs its.”
The one that people use incorrectly almost every day and never seem to give a care for my poor ears: GOOD vs. WELL.
Repeat after me:
I am good.
I am doing well.
NOT NOT NOT: “I am well” or “I am doing good.”
Grammar Girl can explain all the particulars in much more detail than me, but trust me on this one.
The nuts and bolts of it are this: “to be” is a linking verb, thus it gets the GOODS. But action verbs, such as to do, to write, to fly, to annoy (me)… they take an adverb WELL.
How about this? We can make the same deal that my husband and I made long ago. When he uses good and well correctly, and I promise to close the shower curtain after I shower. Cool?
What are YOUR grammar pet peeves?
You can tell me. I am sure I do about half of them.