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    They treated him badly.

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    [c] The obligatory manner adverbial in They treated him badly seems to be related both to the subject ('They are behaving badly.') and to the object ('He is in a bad way.').

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    Would you be so kind as to explain to me how exactly 'badly' is related to the object? I fail to read it that way.

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    Re: They treated him badly.

    "Badly" is an adverb there. Therefore it modifies the verb. In this case it changes the verb "treat" from neutral to negative. Their treatment of him was bad.

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    Re: They treated him badly.

    Thank you MikeNewYork!

    Have I unerstood it correctly then that "The obligatory manner adverbial in They treated him badly seems to be related both to the subject ('They are behaving badly.') and to the object ('He is in a bad way.')." simply explains why They treated him badly means 'They are behaving badly towards him'?

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    Re: They treated him badly.

    It has nothing to do with him being "in a bad way." It describes their treatment of him.

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    #5

    Re: They treated him badly.

    Thank you SoothingDave!

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It has nothing to do with him being "in a bad way." It describes their treatment of him.
    Are you saying that what was suggested in the book is not correct?

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    Re: They treated him badly.

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Thank you SoothingDave!


    Are you saying that what was suggested in the book is not correct?

    Thanks.
    I am. Logic and experience can tell us that someone who has been treated badly is probably in bad shape, but the adverb "badly" only modifies the "treatment."

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