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Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

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Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby ss » Fri 06.20.2008 10:18 pm

Example: Sue is a GOOD girl.
Answer: well-behaved

Example: It’s no GOOD arguing with the judge.
Answer: useless

I’m not 100% sure of my answers, I’d appreciate your help if you could think of a more appropriate word to fit in. Thank you.

1) If you wish to have choice seat at the concert, you must come in GOOD time.
Ans: Punctual, prompt

2) There was a GOOD attendance at the school concert, everyone really had a GOOD time last night.
Ans: Full / enjoyable

3) Nobody likes a GOOD-FOR-NOTHING person.
Ans: worthless

4) People suspected the account he gave did not hold GOOD.
Ans: True, valid

5) He is a man of GOOD nature.
Ans: Cheerful, pleasant, kind.

6) Everybody knows that he is a GOOD carpenter.
Ans: Skilful

7) Several changes in lifestyle can help you regain a GOOD sleep pattern.
Ans: Regular

8) My school is a GOOD mile from my home. (number eight becomes a smiley ^^;)
Ans: Convenient (?)

9) Good soil is arguably the most important component in a successful garden.
Ans: Fertile

10) Mark has gone to New Zealand FOR GOOD.
Ans: Forever

11) Not every child is ready to hear the GOOD word of their parents.
Ans: Advice

12) Alice has MADE GOOD in her business venture.
Ans: Successful

13) These resources must be made GOOD, in the long run, be recycled, either by nature or by men. Just as the astronaut’s urine is purified to provide drinking water and just as his expired air is regenerated to be breathed anew, so all the earth’s resources must be recycled, sooner or later.
Ans: Purified

14) We still retain our primitive optimism about air and water. There will always be GOOD rain falling from the skies to meet our needs.
Ans: Enough (?)


15) Though this old watch does not keep GOOD time anymore, she still keeps it.
Ans: Accurate
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby becki_kanou » Fri 06.20.2008 10:25 pm

SS wrote:7) Several changes in lifestyle can help you regain a GOOD sleep pattern.
Ans: Satisfactory (?)


A regular sleep pattern (規則正しい)

8) My school is a GOOD mile from my home.
Ans: Convenient (?)


At least a mile, maybe more than a mile

12) Alice has MADE GOOD in her business venture.
Ans: Substantial (?)


Alice has succeeded in her business venture.

13) These resources must be made GOOD, in the long run, be recycled, either by nature or by men. Just as the astronaut’s urine is purified to provide drinking water and just as his expired air is regenerated to be breathed anew, so all the earth’s resources must be recycled, sooner or later.
Ans: compromised(?)


Be purified?

14) We still retain our primitive optimism about air and water. There will always be GOOD rain falling from the skies to meet our needs.
Ans: Enough (?)


Clean / unpolluted

Hope this helps!
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby chikara » Fri 06.20.2008 10:37 pm

SS wrote:Example: Sue is a GOOD girl.
Answer: well-behaved

Example: It’s no GOOD arguing with the judge.
Answer: useless ...

GOOD <> useless, NO GOOD = useless :)

SS wrote:I’m not 100% sure of my answers, I’d appreciate your help if you could think of a more appropriate word to fit in. Thank you.

1) If you wish to have choice seat at the concert, you must come in GOOD time.
Ans: Punctual, prompt

SS-san the meanings you are applying to GOOD are really the meanings of combination of the adjective GOOD and the noun it modifies. The meaning of GOOD in isolation does not really change.

"good time" could be "punctual" but I would take it to more mean "early" in the sense of "with time to spare".

SS wrote:2) There was a GOOD attendance at the school concert, everyone really had a GOOD time last night.
Ans: Full / enjoyable

A good attendance would not usually mean "full". If it was a full attendance then the speaker would probably say "There was a full house at the concert...". To actually quantify the size of the attendance specified by "good" you would need to know what the speakers expectations are. I am going to a football game this afternoon. The stadium holds 51,000 people but if the attendance is over 30,000 that would be a "good attendance" in view of the following of the home team.

I hope that is not too confusing :)

SS wrote:.... 8) My school is a GOOD mile from my home. (number eight becomes a smiley ^^;)
Ans: Convenient (?)
.....

A "good mile" means that this is an approximation of the distance but that if it is not actually a full mile then it would be close to or maybe even slightly further.

Sorry I haven't got time to go thru' your other examples in detail at this time.
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby ss » Sun 06.22.2008 4:07 am

Thank you Becki and Chikara *san.

A few of us are actually helping our sensei to gather some sentences on the usage of GOOD. He has a small project with a group of foreign students. Thank you very much for your time.

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Edit--- Just wanna clarify it's my idea to gather sentences here since we have many native English speakers. I'm thinking to gather some other sentences using GOOD.

Edit---Thanks again. It's all done. ^_^
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby two_heads_talking » Mon 06.23.2008 10:53 am

becki_kanou wrote:
SS wrote:
8) My school is a GOOD mile from my home.
Ans: Convenient (?)


At least a mile, maybe more than a mile


Becki is correct, the usage of GOOD here means at least and usually more than..

We went to the shopping center a GOOD three days ago.
He used a GOOD 3 gallons of paint just to pain that one window.
She drank a GOOD 2 litres of water.

As you can see, it can be used to approximate (over approximate) a measure of something in the cases I used.
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby chikara » Mon 06.23.2008 9:20 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:.... Becki is correct, the usage of GOOD here means at least and usually more than.....

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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby two_heads_talking » Tue 06.24.2008 10:18 am

chikara wrote:
two_heads_talking wrote:.... Becki is correct, the usage of GOOD here means at least and usually more than.....

:cry:


I am sorry, I completely overlooked Chikara's response as well.. my apologies master Chikara.. :wink: :oops:
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby ss » Thu 06.26.2008 3:45 am

Thank you uncle Two-Heads for giving extra example sentences there.

Actually, “My school is a GOOD mile from my home” and similar sentences like this one, are not so commonly heard here. Usually during normal conversation, we will go straight to the point and say “My home is about 1 mile away from my work place.” Or “Having access to facilities is the key, school, shopping mall, convenient stores, library and a beautiful park are just located less than 3 miles away from this apartment.”
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby two_heads_talking » Thu 06.26.2008 11:25 am

SS wrote:Thank you uncle Two-Heads for giving extra example sentences there.

Actually, “My school is a GOOD mile from my home” and similar sentences like this one, are not so commonly heard here. Usually during normal conversation, we will go straight to the point and say “My home is about 1 mile away from my work place.” Or “Having access to facilities is the key, school, shopping mall, convenient stores, library and a beautiful park are just located less than 3 miles away from this apartment.”


You are very welcome.

I typcially use "about" rather than "Good" in this case as well. It's about a mile.. however, when you use the word about, it could less than or greater than the mile in question. Whereas, the "a GOOD" mile from home would definately indicate greater than a mile. So, less than or greater than would be the most complete and most accurate to use.

It's just good to know how to use certain phrases, especially when you encounter dialectual phrases that may or may not be easily explained.
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby richvh » Thu 06.26.2008 11:54 am

I think "good" in this kind of context emphasizes the amount following it.

"Do we really have to drive to your mother's this weekend? It's a good two hours one way!"
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby two_heads_talking » Thu 06.26.2008 2:39 pm

that is definately one very valid way it can/could be used..
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby chikara » Thu 06.26.2008 9:54 pm

richvh wrote:I think "good" in this kind of context emphasizes the amount following it.

"Do we really have to drive to your mother's this weekend? It's a good two hours one way!"

That is one of the uses that younger people appear to use the meaningless filler "like" for.

"It's like two hours one way!" *cringe*
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby ss » Thu 06.26.2008 11:05 pm

Languages are fun to learn. ^_^''

It’s GOOD to know GOOD itself conveys various meanings when used differently.
My colleagues here just mentioned GOOD could also mean APPROXIMATELY, ALMOST, AROUND, all carry the meaning of “a little more or less than a number or amount”.

Thanks all again for the input.
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby jcdietz03 » Fri 06.27.2008 11:10 pm

One common meaning of good you are missing is morally upstanding, righteous.

"Do a good deed daily."

"The priest said to the parishoner: 'Go now, and do good.'" Good in this case means an act that is morally upstanding or righteous.
We still retain our primitive optimism about air and water. There will always be GOOD rain falling from the skies to meet our needs.
Ans: Enough (?)
This usage is rather uncommon. I cannot remember the last time I heard it. Good can mean "satisfactory in quantity" (enough) which is the meaning here, I think.
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Re: Explain what GOOD means in the following sentences.

Postby ss » Sat 06.28.2008 2:05 am

One common meaning of good you are missing is morally upstanding, righteous.

"Do a good deed daily."


I’m not a saint or a sage, I don’t fully understand the meaning of GOOD DEED, and doing it daily. This is probably the reason I missed out this common point. :roll: :wink:

It is a very deep philosophy of remaining positive attitude towards every day life and in general community. I would interact with people who bring up good points, or if anything else seems negative, would clarify as much as I could. As long as I feel that people around me are happy, I’m GOOD too. I suppose there’s always a reason for anger and rudeness, if there’s a mutual understanding behind it, it’s easier to deal with and move on.

Thanks for bringing up this good point, this is something I certainly need to cultivate. And thanks for clarifying the last sentence as well.
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