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Sentence Patterns using "I am good at..."

We use this sentence pattern to talk about strengths, abilities, talents, and skills.

Subject + be verb + good at + noun...
  • She is good at math.
  • He is good at art.
  • They are good at baseball.
  • Mark is good at everything.
  • Tina is good at computer programming.
We can also use gerunds.

Subject + be verb + good at + gerund...
  • She is good at skating.
  • We are good at working together.
  • He is good at debating.
  • Stacy and Jane are good at designing clothes.
  • They are good at cooking Italian food.
We can add adverbs before "good" to add more feeling or detail.
  • I am very good at drawing.
  • She's pretty good at Jiujitsu.
  • They're kind of good at negotiating.
  • Paula is extremely good at bowling.
  • Ben is unbelievably good at persuading other people.
We can make a negative sentence by using "not good at".
  • He is not good at baseball.
  • She isn't good at cooking.
  • I'm not good at giving presentations.
If we use the expression "not great at", then this means that we are okay at doing something. Our skill level is average.
  • I am not great at singing, but I am okay.
  • She is not great at expressing her feelings.
  • We are not great at working together.
Bonus Tips and Points

1. We can replace the word "good" with any similar word.
  • She is excellent at persuading others.
  • He is great at golf.
  • They are amazing at dancing.
  • She is fantastic at dealing with angry customers.
  • He is skilled at giving presentations.
  • She is wonderful at dealing with children.
2. We can also use the word "okay" or "not bad at" to show an average skill or ability.
  • She is okay at singing.
  • I am okay at dancing.
  • They are not bad at writing.
  • He is not bad at English.
3. Here are some examples of questions.
  • Are you good at painting?
  • Are you good at boxing?
  • Is he good at his job?
  • Is she good at public speaking?
  • Are they good at working with others?
  • What are you good at?
  • How are you so good at English?
Real-World English Conversations

A) Are you good at English?
B) Not really. I am just okay at English, but my sister is amazing at English.
A) Could she help me prepare for my test?
B) She would if you paid her.

A) What are you good at?
B) I don't think I am good at anything.
A) Come on. Everybody is good at something.
B) I guess I am good at cooking.

A) Is she good at her job?
B) Yes. She is very good. She might be the best salesperson in our company.

Use these free English lessons to learn the most common sentence patterns in the English language. If you learn these sentences and questions, it will help you speak English well. Study the lessons thoroughly, practice making your own sentences, and come back to review often. If you do these three steps, your English speaking will improve quickly and you will be able to have natural English conversations.

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