"Good with" vs "good at"

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lytstephen
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"Good with" vs "good at"

Postby lytstephen » Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:28 pm

What are the technical difference between "good with" and "good at"? I get a gut feeling that it's "good with + noun" and "good at + gerund". Is that correct at all?

Particularly, which one should I use in the following examples?

1. I'm good ____ grammar.
2. I'm good ____ English, both spoken and written.
3. I'm good ____ speaking and writing in English.
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Re: "Good with" vs "good at"

Postby keithmc » Tue Oct 04, 2011 5:00 am

both are right but "at" would be more normal for all of your examples. "good with" is for a noun and "good at" a verb but it doesn't really matter.

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Re: "Good with" vs "good at"

Postby bonia » Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:41 am

To be good at swimming, maths, English- I would use only 'at'.

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Re: "Good with" vs "good at"

Postby bonia » Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:29 pm

I forgot! To be good with money.


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