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I friend of mine has told me recenlty that it's incorrect to say 'very good' and that when I want to praise somebody I have to say 'very well'

Is that true? Is 'very good' incorrect? If so, please, explain to me why...

Best wishes,

FM
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You are very good.

You feel very well
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I won't go as far as calling it "incorrect". We need to see the context in which "very good" or "very well" is used.

If you were asked, how is the food? YOu can say"very good!"
Let's say that the context it this:

Teacher: Mark, what is 2+2?
Mark: Four.
Teacher: Very good (or very well???)

which one and why?
Both work, IMO. The full connotations may be:

Very good (answer)!
Very well (answered)!
(with ellipsis)

US university site:
Boy: Sure. I put on a blue scarf.
Teacher: Very good. Let's find his blue scarf. Are these scarves?
http://csefel.uiuc.edu/modules-archive/module1/videos/video4/1-4trans.html

Teacher: Very good, you may go. Now Tommy, what did you you do at
lunch?
http://jewel.morgan.edu/~salimian/humor/NG_130s.html

Student 3: I'll ask somebody in the street.
Teacher: Very good. Now we're going to watch a woman asking somebody
in the street to find her way. Please, watch and listen carefully so
that we'll discuss the next activity, which is going to be based on
the videotaped material.
http://www.usingenglish.com/articles/video-efl-classroom.html
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I assume that we can replace every 'very good' that occures in the above sentences with 'very well' ?
Forum_mailI assume that we can replace every 'very good' that occures in the above sentences with 'very well' ?
John is very good to Mary.

John treats Mary very well

Both essentially have the same meaning.

It would not be very idiomatic to say 'very well' in praising a student for a correct answer.
The fixed expression is "Very good!"

For example:

-- What is 3 + 4?
-- 7!
-- Very good!

To say "Very well!" in the exchange above would sound very peculiar indeed!
The complete expression is "That answer was very good!" or "That was a very good answer!"

(Don't believe everything your friends tell you!)

CJ
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"That is a very good answer."

Is there any changes in meaning if 'is' is used?
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