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    ill-advised

    "The ill-advised course of action ended up costing the company millions of dollars"

    Why does it say "ill-advised"? Isn't "ill" supposed to be an adjective? If adjectives can be used there then is it possible to replace that word with bad-advised or poor-advised?

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    Re: ill-advised

    Quote Originally Posted by vkhu View Post
    "The ill-advised course of action ended up costing the company millions of dollars"

    Why does it say "ill-advised"? Isn't "ill" supposed to be an adjective? If adjectives can be used there then is it possible to replace that word with bad-advised or poor-advised?
    "ill-advised" is a compound adjective. "poor-advised" and "bad-advised" are not.

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    Re: ill-advised

    You can be ill-advised or well-advised. As bhaisahab said, the word is a compound adjective. Normally how you were advised would be followed by an adverb.

    I was advised well.
    I was advised badly.

    However, we can change the word order:

    I was well advised.
    I was badly advised.

    I got good advice.
    I got bad advice.

    If we want to use them as compound adjectives:

    That was a well-advised plan.
    That was an ill-advised plan.

    I can't give you a good explanation as to why well/good become "well-advised" but badly/bad become "ill-advised" but the fact remains that that is how it works.

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