Good AT or Good WITH? – Confusing English (VIDEO + more!)

Do you need to say
“Good at…” or “Good with…” 
in your sentence? Which is correct? Watch here and learn how to use these natural English expressions.

 

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 ↓ with these helpful slides from the video!

Greg is good at fixing cars. Greg is good with cars.


Good at is most often followed by a verb ~

“Greg is good at fixing cars.”
(fix is a verb)

and good with is followed by a noun ~


“Greg is good with cars.”
(cars is a noun)

With ‘good at’ the verb will be in it’s gerund form. (+ing)


With ‘good at’ the verb will be in it’s gerund form. (+ing)

You may have also heard examples like this.

“My cousin is really good at soccer. He has been playing since he was 4 years old.”

This is the same as saying:

“My cousin is really good at playing soccer. He has been playing since he was 4 years old.”

When we say good at a sport or good at a subject, the gerund form of the verb is understood, so we don’t need to include it.

 
I’m good at baseball. I can play any position on the field.
= I’m good at playing baseball.
Subjects too!
Victor is good at math. He always gets an ‘A’ in math class.
 
She’s good at sports.
She’s good with people.
good with people = easy to get along with others – friendly
I’m good at writing software. \ I’m good with computers.
 
To make the sentences negative 🛇
Add the word ‘not’ before good.
She’s not good with people.
 
 
He’s not good at geography.
I’m not good with numbers.
We’re not good at baseball.
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