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Grammar Help!

Unread post by ironmathyu5 » 23 Aug 2020, 08:47

Please help me explain to my girlfriend why, "My balance is not very well" is not grammatically correct. https://eur.cnv.to/usd/350
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Re: Grammar Help!

Unread post by Joe » 23 Aug 2020, 09:52

ironmathyu5 wrote:
23 Aug 2020, 08:47
Please help me explain to my girlfriend why, "My balance is not very well" is not grammatically correct.
With the meaning “in a good way”, “well” is an adverb. Adverbs qualify verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. They do not qualify nouns.

“Balance” is a noun. Nouns can be qualified by adjectives such as “good”.

My balance is not very good.
(adjective “good” qualifies noun “balance”)

OR

I cannot balance very well.
(adverb “well” qualifies verb “balance”)

In another context, when “well” means “healthy” or “not sick”, “well” is an adjective:

My teacher is not very well today.
(adjective “well” qualifies noun “teacher”)
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