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    #11

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Why is ''She speaks English badly'' acceptable while ''She feels badly'' is not?
    "Feel" is a linking (copula-like) verb, so it works like "be," "look," "smell," etc., when followed by an adjective.

    Compare: "She smells bad" means that she has an unpleasant smell; "She smells badly" means that she has difficulty using her olfactory sense.

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    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    "Feel" is a linking (copula-like) verb, so it works like "be," "look," "smell," etc., when followed by an adjective.

    Compare: "She smells bad" means that she has an unpleasant smell; "She smells badly" means that she has difficulty using her olfactory sense.
    Native speakers do frequently use "badly" as an adjective, though. I just had a chat with my sister in California. My ears pricked up when she said "I felt really badly about it."

    Learners should not do this, but also shouldn't be surprised if they hear it.
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    #13

    Re: Bad/badly

    It's strange that so many native speakers say 'I feel badly about ...'. They'd not say 'I feel well/sadly/happily about ...'.
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    #14

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    OK, but you struck out 'badly' as though it were incorrect.
    My preference got in the way.

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    #15

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Native speakers do frequently use "badly" as an adjective, though.
    And conversely, there are those who use bad as an adverb in casual, informal speech.

    I need it bad.
    I'm injured bad, Captain!

    (Learners should not do this, either.)

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    #16

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Native speakers do frequently use "badly" as an adjective, though. I just had a chat with my sister in California. My ears pricked up when she said "I felt really badly about it."

    Learners should not do this, but also shouldn't be surprised if they hear it.
    It's given in the dictionary.
    feel badly to feel sorry or ashamed about something
    • feel badly about something She felt badly about what she had done.
    • feel badly for somebody I feel badly for the other guys on the team.

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    #17

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    It's given in the dictionary.
    Which dictionary?

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    #18

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Which dictionary?
    In Oxford advanced learner's dictionary.

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    #19

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    In Oxford advanced learner's dictionary.
    The dictionary is taking a descriptive approach, describing the language as it's used by many speakers. Many others consider "She felt badly" to be substandard, though. Learners should avoid it.
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    #20

    Re: Bad/badly

    This is from Merriam-Webster:

    "I feel so badly about correcting their grammar."

    OR WAIT: "I feel so bad about correcting their grammar."

    Which one is it? Feel is a verb, so shouldn't what comes after it be—and look like—an adverb?

    The answer is: no.

    Like 'be' or 'look', 'feel' is a linking verb. That means that "I feel bad" is correct—just like "I feel sad" (rather than "I feel sadly") or "that looks delicious" (rather than "that looks deliciously").

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/word...-or-feel-badly
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