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No no no, "We are good" and "We are well" are not complete synonyms and "Nós somos bons" translates well to the former but not to the latter. "bons" doesn't mean "good" in the sense of "well" or "all right", it means "good" in the sense of being good at what you do:
"Why did you win the game?"
"Because we are good!"
This is what I would say too. whitebox is correct in saying that they are -used- synonymously in North America, but djeidot is correct in that they're not synonymous. "We are good" or "I''m good" have just become common expressions in North America, whereas really "well" should be used.
No, if you think that they are direct synonyms, then you are wrong. Good describes an inherent quality, while well describes a state. Sometimes they are used synonymously in casual speech but you can't directly replace one with the other. Ex) You would say he is a good man, you don't say he is a well man. For some expressions, we do use good when we actually meant well. Ex. How did you do on your test?-> I didn't do so good ( common). However, the proper way: I didn't do so well.
Duolingo wants us to think, not to peek words like robots. It's not the way it works: the "hints" are like an online dictionary. Are you mad about your dictionary to give you all the possible translations, and do you think when you read it, that every translations it gives are always ok in all the possible contexts?
Don't assume we simply looked at the peek and moved on. "We are well" is perfectly acceptable in English, so yes I DID think about it. It happened to be incorrect.
What is wrong with peeking on the second try to see what I did incorrectly? I just found it illogical that "well" would be shown if it would not be accepted, and thought I'd comment on it.
Usually "well" (adverb) can't be translate by "good" (adverb), but in some contexts,(some expressions) it can. Hints belong to a word (like a dictionary), I don't think the hints change for a same word when the sentence is different.
Example: "Global warming is currently very much the topic of the day, and IT IS WELL that you try to understand how you can reduce the damage you are causing."
"O aquecimento global é actualmente o tópico do dia, e é BOM que tentem compreender como devem reduzir os danos que estais a causar."
Can't speak for Brazilians but in Portugal it's common to use "a gente" as a replacement for "nós", even with 2, 3 people. Be careful though, while "a gente" means a group of people it's still single, so you should say "a gente vai" instead of "a gente vamos". (think of it as "the group" - "we go" but "the group goes")
I didn't say it was incorrect, I said it kinda works (sorry, I mispelled "works" as "words" before).
But, as I stated in a previous comment, the sentence "nós somos bons" means "we are good" (like in "we are good people") but not "we are well". "I'm ok" can mean both, so you have to check which form you're after and see if it is translatable.
Let's go with some examples:
- How are you today?
- I'm OK.
Here, "I'm OK" means "I am well." In Portuguese this means "eu estou bem", not "eu sou bom".
- What do you think of that guy?
- Oh, he's OK.
Here "He's OK" means "He is good", although, as I said before, I think "good" is better than "OK" here. This could be translated to "Ele é bom", or, more realistically (and colloquially), "Ele é legal".
We've already seen in a previous sentence that "homen" has the plural "homems".
It's an irregular plural: ("m" becomes "ns")
Bom (singular, masculine) => Bons (plural, masculine), same thing than "Homem" (singular, masculine) => Homens (plural, masculine)
(Tip: It's always bad to learn with only one source, try to open another tab with the conjugation tables, a dictionnary, or grammar tips, as Wordreference)
The first one is masculine plural (also used for a mixed group) and the second one is feminine plural. Both should be accepted, if you translate from English:
- nós somos bons = we are good (masculine)
- nós somos boas = we are good (feminine)
- ele é bom = he is good
- ela é boa = she is good