I’m Good

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The expression “I’m good” is convenient, but not in the way you may think--not in its literal meaning. Informally, “I’m good” is a way to say “No, thank you” or “I’m fine” or “I don’t need it.”

If you’re an English learner visiting the USA, you may hear a conversation that goes like this:

Waitress/Waiter: Would you like some more coffee?
Customer: I’m good (meaning “No, thank you”).


Do you need any help carrying those bags?
No, I’m good (meaning “I don’t need any help”).

This is a typical example of the idiomatic way we often speak and using “I’m good” will show that you know American English rather well.

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