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    Which sentence is correct below:

    (1) The war went bad for the soldier.
    (2) The war went badly for the soldier.

    I think the correct sentence is (2).

    (3) The war goes bad for the troops.
    (4) The war goes badly for the troops.

    I think the correct sentence is (4).

    (5) I felt bad after the divorce.
    (6) I felt badly after The divorce.

    I think the correct sentence is (5).

    Am I correct for each sentence selected? Can somebody explain when "bad" or "badly" should be used?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: bad or badly

    I agree with your choices. 'Feel' generally takes an adjective as it's a copula (linking) verb: http://www.usingenglish.com/glossary/copula-verb.html. In the first two,the adverb is correct becuase it is modifying the verb, but in the last example it links to the subject.

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    Default Re: bad or badly

    tdol, from that link you gave me it lists "go" as a linkng verb. Are "went" and "goes" also linking verbs or can only the base form of a given verb be a linking verb?

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    Sorry to horn in on your discussion, but I wonder if "I want it bad" and "I want it badly" are both fine and of the same meaning. I feel like I've heard them both said before.
    Last edited by MadHorse; 12-Mar-2006 at 05:29.

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    Default Re: bad or badly

    Technically 'badly' is the grammatically correct form, but in some regions people use adjectives in colloquial language.

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    Default Re: bad or badly

    Thanks tdol

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    The verb "grow" also belongs to that verb category. Consider,

    [1] Those trees grow quickly. <present tense; fact>
    [2] Those trees grew quickly. <past tense>
    => "grow/grew" express a state

    [3] Those trees grow apples quickly. <transitive>
    [4] Those trees grew apples quickly. <transitive>
    => "grow/grew" are transitive. That is, the trees actually DO something to something; they grow apples.

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    Default Re: bad or badly

    Tdol, If I understand what you are saying, given these sentences:

    (1) The war went bad for the soldier.
    (2) The war went badly for the soldier.
    (3) I felt bad after the divorce.
    (4) I felt badly after The divorce.

    (2) and (3) are correct for this reason:
    "felt" is a linking verb so an adjective is used after it.
    "went" is not a linking verb so an adjective (bad) can not occur after it.

    Thanks for your help.
    Last edited by notmyname216; 13-Mar-2006 at 21:53.

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