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    Why can you say absolutely awful but not absolutely bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Why can you say absolutely awful but not absolutely bad?
    Hello,

    I wouldn't say, that "absolutely bad" is wrong. I have looked in google, and I have found about 5.000 entries.
    Look here.

    But I think, that "absolutely bad" is more used in refer to the health. "Absolutely awful" is more used to describe incidents.

    Examples:
    He feels absolutely bad.
    The accident was absolutely awful.


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    Dany
    Last edited by Dany; 30-Mar-2005 at 18:53.

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    Default Re: Why?

    Because there are different degrees of 'bad', but 'awful' is an extreme, so you can only emphasise it.

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