Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. tdye2
    Guest
    #1

    which is correct, or both?

    I feel bad about that. or I feel badly about that.


    • Join Date: Mar 2006
    • Posts: 671
    #2

    Re: which is correct, or both?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdye2 View Post
    I feel bad about that. or I feel badly about that.
    The correct sentence is "I feel bad about that". We are using the verb 'to feel' as a linking verb, and so must use an adjective. 'Badly' is an adverb, and so the only time when it is correct to use 'feel badly' is when we are modifying the verb 'to feel' - that is, our ability to feel is 'bad'.

    To illustrate this more clearly, consider the example "I feel miserable" - we do not say "I feel miserably" because obviously the adverb 'miserably' would be a modifier for 'feel'. It is less clear with 'bad', and you will find a great many native English speakers make this error.

  2. matilda
    Guest
    #3

    Talking Re: which is correct, or both?

    the first one is completely correct. but the second sentence sounds odd

  3. RonBee's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,551
    #4

    Re: which is correct, or both?

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    the first one is completely correct. but the second sentence sounds odd
    It sounds odd because it is wrong. So don't feel bad about that.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: May 2005
    • Posts: 2,045
    #5

    Re: which is correct, or both?

    The confusion comes from the fact that feel can be either a linking verb I feel sick or an action verb I feel a pebble in my shoe.

    There are several English verbs like this, most of them have to do with the senses.

    If your dog smells bad, he needs a bath.
    If your dog smells badly, there is something wrong with his nose.

    Look, sound, appear, and others all fit this category. I have an interesting exercise I do with my students where we make nearly identical sentences with dual-purpose verbs.

    I guess this is my idea of fun.

    Mike


    • Join Date: May 2006
    • Posts: 1,335
    #6

    Question Re: which is correct, or both?

    Hello, Mykwyner
    Would it be possible to see and copy this exercise of yours? Because it really is a vy common mistake to use adverbs instead of adjectives.
    Tnx

Similar Threads

  1. Are these sentences correct?
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-Jun-2008, 03:59
  2. correct answer
    By stunned in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15-Mar-2007, 05:42
  3. Please correct
    By esophea in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Jan-2006, 06:16
  4. Are All IELTS Answers Correct?
    By artast in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-Aug-2005, 00:46
  5. Is it correct?
    By Abusaad in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Jan-2005, 22:43

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •