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    Wrong

    Which works better?

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    Re: Wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Which works better?
    Both are correct, either wrong or wrongly can go with this sentence.
    The adverbial wrong always follows the verb, but it needs an object because isn't gramatically polite (he answered the question wrong). And wrongly can go either before or after the verb (e.g., he was wrongly imprisoned by the state;the state imprisoned him wrongly).

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    Re: Wrong

    You have the third option for that.

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    Re: Wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by mcamarillas View Post
    Both are correct, either wrong or wrongly can go with this sentence.
    The adverbial wrong always follows the verb, but it needs an object because isn't gramatically polite (he answered the question wrong). And wrongly can go either before or after the verb (e.g., he was wrongly imprisoned by the state;the state imprisoned him wrongly).
    Thanks.
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    Re: Wrong

    I've never heard wrongly used that way. I've only heard it used like this:

    - She was wrongly accused.
    - She was accused wrongly.

    Could this just be a difference between British and America usage?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Wrong

    This is nothing to do with British or American usage.

    Only wrong is possible here.

    However, you could make an argument that adding a comma before wrongly is possible. This would be using wrongly as a comment adverb modifying the clause She did it.

    She did it, wrongly. = It was wrong of her to do it.

    But, without the comma (or in speech a pause) the final adverb would be a manner adverb modifying the verb did.

    She did it wrong. = She did it in an incorrect way.

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