Hallmark Cards Earns #4 “Getting the Grammar Right” Recognition

From time to time, Grammar Glitch Central takes time out to recognize companies and publications that make a point of Getting the Grammar Right. Past recipients include Publix Grocery Stores, The Associated Press, and the Blondie cartoon.

Today we'd like to recognize Hallmark Cards, Inc. for a 2011 graduation card (used with permission from Hallmark Licensing, Inc.) that makes a clever point about the proper use of GOOD and WELL. The front of the card, which I purchased recently, looks like this:

As used here, WELL is an adverb that describes how the graduate DID (verb). Here are some other examples of WELL used correctly to describe the action of a verb:

Luke has served his country well in the National Guard.

Anne ran extremely well in the final lap of the race.

The inside of the Hallmark graduation card uses GOOD correctly to describe, not how the graduate did, but what the graduate should do with his life –GOOD in the world.


In this sense, GOOD is used as a noun. It can also be used as an adjective (describing a noun) in the sense of NOW GO AND DO GOOD (THINGS) or as in the examples below.  GOOD should not be used as an adverb, as in the incorrect but often heard "I did good (should be WELL) on the test."  Here are some other examples of GOOD used correctly in sentences:

Our committee had a good session today.

Do good (things) with your life.

We saw a really good movie last night.

My thanks to Hallmark for the wonderful message of this card (which I sent to a graduating grandson) and also for Getting the Grammar Right! You can visit them online at www.hallmark.com.

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