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    Re: Bad and badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    So that's mean :' We play badminton very badly"?
    Never had I heard this sentences before
    Yes, you play things badly. You sing things badly. You do things badly.

    The only one that confuses people is "we feel bad about things". That is because "feel" is a linking verb and it takes an adjective instead of an adverb.

    People do say "We play badminton bad", but it is not correct.


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    Re: Bad and badly

    So, what about "She studies hard", my teacher forces me to accpet it. Is it right?

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    #13

    Re: Bad and badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Belly T View Post
    So, what about "She studies hard", my teacher forces me to accpet it. Is it right?
    It is correct. The word "hard" is an adverb as well as an adjective. This happened because "hardly" has a completely different meaning from the adverbial use of "hard".

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    #14

    Re: Bad and badly

    If you feel badly then you have some sort of sensory deprivation, or you are wearing heavy gloves.

    The confusion comes from the fact that feel can be a linking verb (copula) as in, "I feel great," or an action verb, "I feel a hole in my pocket." I am oversimplifying here but, linking verbs connect subjects to adjectives, and action verbs are modified by adverbs.

    Various dialects and non-standard usages have validity in various environments, but I agree with Coffa; standard English is (by definition) the form of the language we teach to non-native speakers.

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    Re: Bad and badly

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    If you feel badly then you have some sort of sensory deprivation, or you are wearing heavy gloves.

    The confusion comes from the fact that feel can be a linking verb (copula) as in, "I feel great," or an action verb, "I feel a hole in my pocket." I am oversimplifying here but, linking verbs connect subjects to adjectives, and action verbs are modified by adverbs.

    Various dialects and non-standard usages have validity in various environments, but I agree with Coffa; standard English is (by definition) the form of the language we teach to non-native speakers.
    My favorite example:

    If your dog smells bad, bathe him.
    If your dog smells badly, don't take him hunting.

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