If I want to say I am good at something but not very good can I say "I am about good" does this phrase considered slang.

  • Do you perhaps mean, "I am quite good" or "I am moderately good."? Oct 27 '15 at 0:13
  • "I am about good" would be confusing to many listeners. You might say "I'm fairly good" or "I'm pretty good at framifying whatsits".
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 27 '15 at 0:18
  • Along with @HotLicks suggestions there's also "sort of good" (in speech sorta), "okay", "adequate" which are all a little bit "less good" than his suggestions.
    – Jim
    Oct 27 '15 at 5:04
  • And there's always "I get along."
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 27 '15 at 5:32

This wouldn't be standard, and I wouldn't use it formally. However, in response to the question "Are you good?", you could say "I am about good", with a lot of emphasis on the word about. However, "about" is an unnatural modifier for "good", because it "about" usually refers to a specific quantity, time, or place — which "good" isn't.

In American English, I think the normal response, if you want to say that you're good, but not perfect, would be "I am pretty good."

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    mattdm, I like this answer enough that I'd like to see you add some examples: It works for quantity (Do you have any money? *I'm about out), time (Are you finished? *I'm about done), and place (Are you home yet? *I'm just about there.) But it's not idiomatic with qualities: about good, about healthy, about tall -- they don't work. You have prior permission to use my examples if you wish.
    – deadrat
    Oct 27 '15 at 4:46

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