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    Really bad or badly

    "It hurts really bad" or "It hurts really badly". Which one is correct and why?. Some people say bad some say badly. I am totaly confused.

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    Re: Really bad or badly

    They are both correct. 'Bad' here is legitimately used as an adverb meaning 'badly'.

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    Re: Really bad or badly

    I wouldn't use it in an exam situation.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Really bad or badly

    The use of "bad" as an adverb is called a flat adverb. It is colloquial.

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