Pretty Good vs Pretty Well

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The difference is that good is an adjective while well is an adverb.

Pretty good – adequate quality, suitable, fine, not bad
Pretty well – in a suitable way, nicely, fine, quite

Examples:

  • The party was pretty good last night.
  • β€œDid you enjoy the film?” – β€œYes, it was pretty good.”
  • β€œHow did the actors play?” – β€œThey played pretty well.”
  • Jane can drive pretty well, she’s never had an accident.

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As an idiom, pretty well means almost, nearly, almost completely:

  • He goes to the pub pretty well every night.
  • The new project is pretty well finished.
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