Isn't feeling here a verb of being so you would use the adjective good?

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    (a) Feeling good is the usual phrase. (b) Feeling is not a "verb of being"; there are no such things. Rather, feeling is a sense verb, representing personal sensory perception and its metaphoric extension (as in feeling sorry). (c) Feeling well means 'feeling not sick', in a discourse where sickness is a topic. Executive Summary: Don't believe everything you read in old grammar books. Mar 4, 2014 at 18:23
  • They mean "stative verb" by "verb of being", it's the way it's called in some languages.
    – Quidam
    Nov 6, 2019 at 22:44

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You could use either, depending on the context.

1) "Feeling well" refers to feeling healthy, not being sick, etc. If someone asks "How are you feeling?", they are generally inquiring about your health, so it's appropriate to answer this way.

2) "Feeling good" is more of a general state of mind, so "I'm feeling good" can refer to someone feeling happy, optimistic, proud, etc. You can say "I'm feeling good about my science project; I think I'll get an A" or "I'm feeling good about helping that old lady this morning." And if someone says "How are you?" and you want to describe a general good mood, you can say "I'm feeling good" (or just "Good").

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