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    #1

    I cycle badly.

    Is the sentence "I cycle badly" correct and natural?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: I cycle badly.

    There is nothing wrong with it grammatically, but it doesn't sound very natural to me. People can normally either cycle or not. I don't really see how people can cycle 'well' or 'badly'.

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    #3

    Re: I cycle badly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't really see how people can cycle 'well' or 'badly'.
    Someone could cycle badly after a few drinks.

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    #4

    Re: I cycle badly.

    I think 'cycle badly' means 'cycle unsteadily' in that context, but I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: I cycle badly.

    Yes, I agree, but if it's a temporary action (for a limited duration), the present progressive/continuous would be a better choice:
    I'm cycling badly after a few drinks.


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    #6

    Re: I cycle badly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't really see how people can cycle 'well' or 'badly'.
    I think a bike moves agilely and smoothly if its rider can cycle well, but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Someone could cycle badly after a few drinks.
    Most novices cycle badly IMO.
    Last edited by Matthew Wai; 20-Sep-2015 at 13:27.

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    Re: I cycle badly.

    Most people wouldn't actually say "I xxx badly". They might say "I can't cycle well" or "I'm not a great cyclist". The exception to my first statement regards languages. I regularly precede a poorly-constructed Spanish sentence with "I'm sorry. My Spanish is very bad/I speak Spanish very badly" (in terrible Spanish, of course).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: I cycle badly.

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Is the sentence ... natural?



    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    In my opinion, the answer is NO.

    Mona: Instead of taking the bus tomorrow, let's bike to work.

    James: Are you crazy? You know how clumsy I am on a bike. Every time I try to ride one of those things, I fall off.

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