Language tip of the week: well

Posted by on December 12, 2013

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with the interjection well:

Well is used mainly in informal English, especially in conversation. In academic writing and professional reports, it is better not to use well:
✗ It is said that increased violence is the fault of TV. Well, to some extent, I agree.
✓ It is said that increased violence is the fault of TV. To some extent, I agree.
✗ The process of uniting Europe is not easy. Well, for example, unifying standards is a time-consuming procedure.
✓ The process of uniting Europe is not easy. For example, unifying standards is a time-consuming procedure.

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