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    Default Re: How to know/decide if it is wrong English or slang or colloquial?

    I prefer 'It stinks'; a stink is already bad, so I don't like 'It stinks bad'. But, given that a stink is already bad, it strikes me as OK to specify the degree of badness - so, in the right context, I'd find 'It stinks - real bad' quite acceotable.

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    Default Re: How to know/decide if it is wrong English or slang or colloquial?

    Certainly better than extremely bad IMO.

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    Default Re: How to know/decide if it is wrong English or slang or colloquial?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't think there is anything Indian about saying something stinks bad.
    Agreed. But when it comes to stinking bad, India is a perennial superbowl contender. Nevertheless I love the place

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    Default Re: How to know/decide if it is wrong English or slang or colloquial?

    There are some Olympian streets in my area (Metro Manila).

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    Default Re: How to know/decide if it is wrong English or slang or colloquial?

    @BobK, thank you. I did not know that.

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    Default Re: How to know/decide if it is wrong English or slang or colloquial?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    Agreed. But when it comes to stinking bad, India is a perennial superbowl contender. Nevertheless I love the place
    You are "bad!". (I mean it in the American sense, of course!)

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    Best praise I've ever received on this site Thank you Olympian!

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    Default Re: How to know/decide if it is wrong English or slang or colloquial?

    Also note that "How to know if a particular expression/sentence is just wrong, or if it is acceptable?" is not a valid sentence.
    There are no proper English sentences that go "How to read?", "When to eat lunch?", "Where to go to school?" etc.

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