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Is it better to use "good" instead of "okay" in question starting with "Is it okay/good", or isn't? For example,

Is it okay/good to eat tonight?

Is it okay/good to break the rules?
(I know it isn't)

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    I think you need to provide some context here. If someone told me "I'm going to have to punish you for breaking the rules," I'd definitely say "okay" instead of "good". – Digital Chris Jun 9 '14 at 12:49
  • @DigitalChris yep. – nicael Jun 9 '14 at 12:55
  • In my opinion, they are not synonymous. Okay implies allowability. Good implies a value judgement. How you use them depends on what you mean to say. I would use okay to ask, perhaps, Is it okay if we eat early tonight? and "When is it okay to break the rules? When is it good? The first asks when is it allowable. The second asks when it it right? – anongoodnurse Jun 9 '14 at 13:11
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It depends what you want to ask.

Is it okay? is like asking Is it acceptable? or Is it permissible?

Is it good? is like asking Is it desirable? or Is it enjoyable?

  • But "It isn't good" can mean "It isn't acceptable/permissible", can't it? – nicael Jun 9 '14 at 13:15
  • @nicael do you have an example? – Neil W Jun 9 '14 at 13:24
  • Example - "It isn't good". – nicael Jun 9 '14 at 13:37
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    uh, an example perhaps, where we know what 'it' is. – Neil W Jun 9 '14 at 13:43
  • @Neil I think if you edited your answer to also reflect the differing uses in response to a question, your point might be clearer. E.g. If someone asks you 'What do you think about that teacher?' Answering 'They're okay' implies that they are just sufficient, but answering 'They're good' states they are desirable. – Sam Jun 9 '14 at 13:58

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