Is it OK to say fare well or work well doing something?

You can't fare well teaching the students if you are not totally involved.

You can work well persuading them into buying your products if you keep practicing.

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    Fare well sounds odd because of the use of farewell to mean goodbye, though we do say fare badly. I would prefer succeed in/at. Jan 31, 2022 at 9:31

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I personally have used the phrase “fare well” before. For instance:

The new feather toy we got for our kitten isn’t faring very well.

The phrase usually refers to living creatures, as it has a connotation of referring to wellbeing. On the other hand, “work well” is used for objects, like computers, and not for living beings.

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