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Hi people!

I've heard the three of these options, though I've been taught that "I feel good" is not grammatically correct.

Isn't it grammatically correct in any context?

What if I want to convey the idea that I feel I am a good person?

And anyway, is "I feel good" of widespread use?

Besides, why can I say "I feel bad", bad being the opposite of good?

Thanks a lot!

Mara.
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Hello

I think you can say "I feel good" as long as you are talking about your emotional state, not about your health.

paco
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I've been taught that "I feel good" is not grammatically correct.

Mara,
I'm sorry to say that you have been taught badly.
"I feel good" and "I feel bad" are both perfectly good English sentences.
These normally have to do with your mood.

There are also:
"I feel well" and "I feel ill".
These have to do with your health.
"I felt ill yesterday, so I went home from work early.
Today I feel well." (or "Today I feel better.")

And also:
"I feel that I am a good person."
"I feel that ..." is different. It is a way of saying "I believe that ...".
As such it does not have anything to do directly with feelings of mood or health.
"I feel good" cannot mean the same thing as "I feel that I am a good person".

CJ
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Thanks for your reply CalifJim!

I sensed something was wrong with this rule I was taught. "I feel good" sounded perfectly normal to me.

Now, is "good" here functioning as an adverb?

Thanks a lot!

Mara.
Hello Mara

The "good" in "I feel good" is an adjective. It means "pleasant". The "well" in "I feel well" is also an adjective. It means "sound in health" or "free from sickness".

paco
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Anonymous:
Hi All,

Doesn't "I feel well" mean that the speaker has good tactile sense? This could have a medical connotation when referring to the nervoous system but I don't think I've ever heard it used that way.
Doesn't "I feel well" mean that the speaker has good tactile sense?

Not really. For that it would be more common to say, "I have a good sense of touch" or "I have very sensitive skin", in the rare case you might wish to make a point of such a thing. Maladies affecting this ability might be reported to a doctor as "My fingers seem numb", "I can't feel anything in my legs", "I'm concerned because I've lost all feeling in my left arm", and similar turns of phrase.

CJ
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Hi all,

How about your opinion about I feel fine?

I feel fine = I feel good or I feel fine = I feel welll ?

Thanks

Quoc
Regular Member870
The way I use it, I feel fine = I feel well.

-- You seem pale and weak. Are you ill?
-- It's nothing really. I feel fine.


CJ
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