Word of the week: well
The word well is an adverb, an adjective and an exclamation. As part of the English Profile programme, Professor Michael McCarthy has been examining occurrences of the exclamation Well… in spoken interaction, and this use of the word at the beginning of a sentence is given A1 in the English Vocabulary Profile. Learners who use it effectively, either to pause or to soften feelings of doubt or disagreement, will sound more natural. The adjective meaning of HEALTHY is also at A1, and there are three uses of the adverb at A1 too: the core meaning IN A GOOD WAY, and the phrases as well (as) and Well done! At the other end of the Common European Framework levels, C1 and C2, we have added several phrases using the adverb, including it’s just as well, can’t/couldn’t very well do sth, and mean well. There is also one phrase at C1 featuring the adjective: be all very well. Well, now take a look at the full entry for this extremely useful word!
To view the full entry for well on the English Vocabulary Profile, please click here.