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    worse, more badly

    While not detracting from its practical nature, it must be said that this could hardly miss the point of the book more badly. (John A. Kitchen, Proverbs, A Mentor Commentary, page 30)
    According to Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, the comparative of badly is worse. How come more badly is used in the above sentence?
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    Last edited by sitifan; 26-Dec-2015 at 10:02.
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    #2

    Re: worse, more badly

    Both comparatives can work. In the sentence you quoted, "more badly" is a good choice.

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    Re: worse, more badly

    1. Peter did worse on the math quiz than John.
    2. Peter did more badly on the math quiz than John.
    Are the above sentences both acceptable?
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    #4

    Re: worse, more badly

    In that use, I would choose "worse".

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    #5

    Re: worse, more badly

    Since I am not a native speaker, what rule should I follow to decide when to use more badly or worse?
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    #6

    Re: worse, more badly

    There is no rule,

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    #7

    Re: worse, more badly

    The second example made a comparison between two things (people). In the first one there was no such comparison. Also, you isolated "more badly" when you shouldn't have. The relevant phrase is "couldn't have been done more badly". Which means it was the worst possible.
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    Re: worse, more badly

    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...628-more-badly

    According to the link, more badly is often used before a past participle.
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    #9

    Re: worse, more badly

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...628-more-badly

    According to the link, more badly is often used before a past participle.
    That may be true. The important thing to me is do you understand things better after you have read my explanation.

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    Re: worse, more badly

    People may be interested in the answer to the same question posted by sitifan in another forum.

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