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    #1

    playing 'poorly' versus playing 'badly'.

    Hi teachers,
    Is it better to use 'poorly' than 'badly' at the end of the sentence? If yes, could you tell me why?
    As usual, she is playing very well and he is playing poorly.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: playing 'poorly' versus playing 'badly'.

    Poorly or badly are equally correct. I would prefer poorly as a slightly more careful usage, but I won't argue the matter strongly.

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    Re: playing 'poorly' versus playing 'badly'.

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Poorly or badly are equally correct. I would prefer poorly as a slightly more careful usage, but I won't argue the matter strongly.
    Thank you for this reply too.

    L.

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    #4

    Re: playing 'poorly' versus playing 'badly'.

    My grandfather always argued that "good/bad" should become "well/poorly" when used as adverbs.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: playing 'poorly' versus playing 'badly'.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    My grandfather always argued that "good/bad" should become "well/poorly" when used as adverbs.
    Hi,
    Thank you for your reply. We shouldn't argue with grandparents, should we? They are always right.

    L.

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    Re: playing 'poorly' versus playing 'badly'.

    We shouldn't argue with them, but we can still use badly as well if we want.

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