Proper answer friendly greeting, "How are you?" I am "well" or I am "good"

"I am well" sounds like I'm saying I'm not sick. "I'm good," or "good" accompanied by a friendly nod sounds much better.


In the immortal words of Tracy Jordan "Superman does good, you're doing well"

More seriously, Grammar Girl says either is okay, and "I'm good" is much more common in casual conversation.

Personally, I had enough teachers in my schooling tell me not to say "I'm good" that I usually respond "I'm fine", "can't complain", "not bad", "great!", or something of that nature, since "I'm well" does sound awkward.

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