Am I 'Good At' Something, or do I 'Do Well With' Something?

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    Am I 'Good At' Something, or do I 'Do Well With' Something?

    We've all been there; someone asked us how we were doing, we said 'good,' and they said 'not good... well'. I'm wondering if the same applies when talking about activities. Am I good at stuff or do I do stuff well? To put it in more specific context, am i good at architecture, or do I do well in architecture? Am I good at sports, or do I play well in sports? etc. etc. Is it proper to use well or good in this scenario? Or, is it not a matter or well and good at all, and it's a matter of saying 'at' vs. 'in'? I'd never say someone does well at sports - it's always with or in. So, this is just a discussion to find which one's more grammatically correct. Am I good at stuff, or do I do well in/with stuff?
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    Pedant that I am, 'do stuff well' is correct, but 'good at' seems to be the more common usage.

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    Hello Beastly

    To my thinking - fully in agreement with Steve - you can be good at something and you can do well at something, or do stuff well.

    On the other hand, I don't think you can be well at something or do good at something.

    I'm glad we've had this little chat.

    All the best with your writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevesh View Post
    Pedant that I am, 'do stuff well' is correct, but 'good at' seems to be the more common usage.
    Besides being more common, "Good at" is also correct. I use "do well" if I want to portray a person who is either pretentious or highly educated.
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