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    #1

    He is badly ill.

    Is the sentence He is badly ill natural?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: He is badly ill.

    Not to my ear. I would say "He is very ill".
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: He is badly ill.

    Yes, or seriously ill.

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