Which one of the two options should I use in the following sentences:

I can't play football good/well enough to be in your team.

The house isn't protected good/well enough.

I'm doing good/well (talking about making good progress not about health)

I'm doing good/well in this game

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    All of your sentences have either an adjective or a verb that is modified (play, protected, doing (though you don't find do in that context without an adverb)). These must be modified with an adverb, and well is the adverb; good is the adjective. Therefore all your sentences should use well.
    – Kman3
    May 3, 2020 at 2:48
  • @Kman3 would you be willing to post that as an answer to the question? Seems like one to me.
    – RuslanD
    May 3, 2020 at 5:42
  • @RuslanD Will do.
    – Kman3
    May 3, 2020 at 15:35
  • do well, play well with or without enough. If you use good, that is marked as non-standard.
    – Lambie
    Oct 14, 2020 at 22:20

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In your sentences, either an adjective or a verb is being modified.

I can't play football _________ enough... (verb)

This house isn't protected _________ enough... (adjective)

I'm doing _________ / I'm doing _________ in this game ... (verb)

These words must be modified using an adverb. Out of your two options, there is only one adverb: well.

I can't play football well enough to be on your team.

This house isn't protected well enough.

I'm doing well.

I'm doing well in this game.

Quick note: for the last two sentences it appears as if you can take well away from the sentence -- you cannot. Do well is an expression. You cannot say "I do in this game", nor can you say "I'm doing." You can, however, say "I do." when you get married.

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