Can I use "do well with something" to mean "someone is getting better at something"?

For example:

A person doesn't follow rules, but he tries hard and begins following the rules.

So he asks:

Am I doing well with rules?

Does this mean that the person is getting better at following the rules,or he's started following rules?

And if a person is not good at something but starts learning it and asks:

Am I doing well with crafting?



I am doing better with rules.

or more generally:

I am doing better with/at X-ing/X."

is perfectly idiomatic informal English.

A slightly more formal way of saying this is:

I am getting better at following rules.


I am getting better at X-ing.


I am getting better at Y-ing X.

(e.g. "following rules", "correcting errors"

  • And what about: Doing well with rules? – It's about English Jan 31 '19 at 17:11
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    For the sentences with 'doing', 'well' works just as well. 'well' does not work with 'getting' – Mitch Jan 31 '19 at 17:21

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