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    Incorrectly, wrong(adv), wrongly; right(adv) VS rightly

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    What're the difference among the following:
    - Incorrectly, wrong(adv), wrongly

    How about:
    - right(adv) VS rightly

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    Re: Incorrectly, wrong(adv), wrongly

    Quote Originally Posted by Wai_Wai
    What're the difference among the following:
    - Incorrectly, wrong(adv), wrongly
    Before the verb
    S/he was wrongly accused of the crime. (adverb)
    => The accusation wasn't true. It was a false accusation.

    S/he incorrectly identified the species. (adverb)
    => The identification wasn't right/correct. It was incorrect.

    At the end of sentence
    2. S/he guessed wrong. (adverb)
    => The guess was not true. It was false.

    3. S/he answered incorrectly. (adverb)
    => The answer was not right/correct. It was incorrect.

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    #3
    From what you say, they are more or less the same in terms of meaning. But they differ in usage only. Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wai_Wai
    From what you say, they are more or less the same in terms of meaning. But they differ in usage only. Right?
    The opposite of that, actually. The difference has to do with whether or not the event is true/false or correct/incorrect. :wink:

    Example
    Pat: What's 2+2?
    Sam: It's 3.
    Pat: 3 is incorrect. :D (i.e., not correct) "4" is correct.
    Pat: 3 is false. (i.e., not the truth) "3" is the truth.

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    #5
    Dear Casiopea,
    I would like to give my two cents.

    Correct me if I'm wrong.
    We frequently use "wrong" to mean incorrect.
    For example, "answer wrongly" (http://www.eu-exams.com/Concour.html)


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    #6
    Yeah, "wrong" seems to work more often than not eg.
    -- What's 2+2?
    -- hem, 3?
    -- Wrong! It's 5, airhead!

    FRC


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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Yeah, "wrong" seems to work more often than not eg.
    -- What's 2+2?
    -- hem, 3?
    -- Wrong! It's 5, airhead!

    FRC
    Yes, it is unusual that "wrong" cannot mean "incorrect".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wai_Wai
    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Yeah, "wrong" seems to work more often than not eg.
    -- What's 2+2?
    -- hem, 3?
    -- Wrong! It's 5, airhead!

    FRC
    Yes, it is unusual that "wrong" cannot mean "incorrect".
    Maybe you should offer FRC the original error :wink: (i.e., the sentence in which you used 'wrongly', but should have used 'incorrectly'.

    All the best, :D

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