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    Post bad/badly

    Which one is correct?

    I feel badly for her.

    I feel bad for her.

    Do they make any kind of diffrence in meaning?

    Please help to understand the concept.

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by jkl View Post
    Which one is correct?

    I feel badly for her.

    I feel bad for her.

    Do they make any kind of diffrence in meaning?

    Please help to understand the concept.

    Thank you very much.

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    Hello, JKL.

    (1) I think that native speakers use both. It probably does

    not matter which one you use, for native speakers would

    understand -- especially in context (when you are expressing

    your sympathy "for her").

    (2) BUT I have to be honest:

    A few people such as I feel that the "correct" version is:

    I feel bad for her.

    (3) A few very strict teachers remind us that badly is an adverb. Thus,

    it modifies the way in which we physically feel with our hands:

    I broke my fingers, so when I use my broken fingers to feel

    something, of course I feel those things badly (in a bad manner). That is

    a sentence that probably almost no one would ever say in his/her life.





    (4) By the way, "feel bad" also means:

    I did something of which I am ashamed. For example: I went to the

    beach instead of my mother's birthday party. Now I feel bad about

    doing that. As you can guess, many native speakers would use badly

    in that sentence, too.

    (5) Let's see what others say.

    If I have given you any wrong ideas, I shall feel very bad.

    Thank you.


    P. S. I just remembered: I feel bad also means:

    I am not feeling well. Yes, many native speakers use badly in that

    sentence, too!!!

    P. P. S. Maybe if you are interested in "correct" English, just follow

    this rule: Always say I feel bad to express sympathy, a guilty conscience,

    or ill health. I do not think you will ever have an occasion to use I feel

    badly (unless you happen to be a carpenter).

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    Re: bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    I broke my fingers, so when I use my broken fingers to feel

    something, of course I feel those things badly (in a bad manner). That is

    a sentence that probably almost no one would ever say in his/her life.
    How should I tell the meaning of badly in that sentence?

    Example: Since it is broken, it feels things badly.

    Meaning 1: It can't feel as intense as it used to do.
    Meaning 2: It feel more intense than it used to do. (it hurts)

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    How should I tell the meaning of badly in that sentence?

    Example: Since it is broken, it feels things badly.

    Meaning 1: It can't feel as intense as it used to do.
    Meaning 2: It feel more intense than it used to do. (it hurts)

    Thanks in advance.
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Euncu.

    (1) You always ask excellent questions because you want

    to really understand the grammar of various constructions.

    (2) Hopefully, one of the teachers here will soon answer you.

    (3) Until you asked the question, I had never actually given much

    thought to the meaning of badly.

    (a) You are so right: it does have two meanings.

    (4) If I had to choose one, I would choose your number l. That is,

    I have lost all sensitivity in my fingers.

    (5) I would not choose your number 2, for I do not feel any particular

    pain. It is just that -- as you so correctly said -- the intensity is missing.

    (6) Let's see what the teachers can tell us.

    Thank you.

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