In this article we are going to discuss about the word ‘well’. Everybody knows what the this word means. But what if I told you that you do not really know how to use it in many ways? Now, the beauty of English is that if you know how to use a word in many ways then you are an advanced speaker.
1. Satisfactorily, successfully:
The first use basically means when you’re talking about something that is done satisfactorily. In other words, if something is done to your satisfaction, you’re happy with it you will use ‘well’. Or if something is done successfully, there again you will use ‘well’.
- The cricket match went well.
- The concert went well last night.
In other words, it went satisfactorily, I did ‘well’, or It went successfully.
It also means that you are healthy. The word ‘well’ means it has a positive connotation. Healthy, how do you use the word ‘well’?
- You don’t look too well today, what happened?
- I had the flu last week, but now I am well.
3. To enhance the degree of Adjectives:
You can use ‘well’ to enhance the degree of Adjectives. When you have an Adjectives and you want to give it some more emphasis, you want to add well + past participle.
- The little girl is so well behaved.
If I use the word well before behaved, it enhances the degree of the adjective, and that is why it’s such a creative use of the word well.
- The meeting was well organized.
Emphasizing how nicely the meeting was taken care of the agenda the entire way the meeting was conducted, so it was well organized.
4. To congratulate someone:
You can also use ‘well’ to congratulate someone. This is a very common one, but some of you don’t use it.
- Well said! you gave a perfect response.
When someone says something really nicely, what do you say? You say, well said.
- Well done! Your efforts won us the cup.
We use well done to congratulate someone.
5. As an interjection:
You can also use ‘well’ as an interjection. Interjection in English is basically a way of exclaiming something. Exclamation is something that happens usually when you are expressing some kind of emotion, surprise or disappointment. if I want to express emotion, I will use ‘well’ as an interjection.
- Well! Well!, look who’s performing tonight!
- Well! Well!, avoid saying that, or else you would land in trouble.
In this example I use ‘well’ as an interjection.
6. Giving additional information:
You can also use ‘well’ in a phrase to show that you are giving additional information.
- I love playing football as well as Badminton.
- She is a good photographer as well as graphic designing.
In this example we don’t use boring word like ‘and’ some people do, but now you don’t have to use that, we use ‘as well as’.
7. To add emphasis:
You can also use ‘well’ to add emphasis.
- The train had arrived well after 09:00 A.m.
I’m using the word well because I’m emphasizing that it was a lot after 12:00 A.M. not 12:05 A.M or 12:30 A.M, I probably mean maybe 2 hours after 12:00 A.m. Which means it was very late.
- He was drunk well beyond the limit to drive.
I could say he was drunk beyond the limit to drive. But what would that tell me? That would tell you that maybe he was drunk just a little over the limit. But when I use the word well, I’m emphasizing that it was a lot more. So when I’m using the word well to talk about emphasis, I basically mean a lot more than.
8. Used with may, might and could to add probability:
You can use ‘well’ in combination with these words may, might and could. You do that in order to show probability. Probability means something could happen. You’re not sure there is a possibility or a probability.
- Artificial intelligence might well be the future of this generation.
We are not sure but we are saying that there is a high possibility. So therefore we are adding the word might, but we want the word well to tag this word.
- He may well become the next PM.
So again, I’m using the word well and I’m tagging it behind the word may.
So friends in this article you have learned 10 Creative Ways To Use ‘WELL’. I hope understand this article if you have any questions you can comment below.