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    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
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    ''I feel bad. I feel badlypoorly.'' You crossed it (badly) out because here you are talking about health. Am I right? If I feel guilty I can use I feel bad, I feel poorly and even I feel badly with ''badly'' being a nonstandard form. Is that right? Just reasking to make sure I don't misunderstand.
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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.
    Is there a complete list of such verbs? It would be very helpful to study them. But what can be the meaninig of ''She looks badly''? I understand ''She looks bad'' as ''She is not looking well.'' I can't think of an example with ''be''.

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    #23

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    what can be the meaninig of ''She looks badly''?
    Forget it. It means nothing.
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    #24

    Re: Bad/badly

    I feel bad or, more commonly, I don't feel well, mean the same thing as I feel poorly. I don't think I've ever said the latter in my life. It sounds regional or dialectal to me.
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    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I feel bad or, more commonly, I don't feel well, mean the same thing as I feel poorly. I don't think I've ever said the latter in my life. It sounds regional or dialectal to me.
    It was very common among my grandmother (b.1895) and her generation in Hampshire, England. My mother may have used it. I don't think I have.
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    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It was very common among my grandmother (b.1895) and her generation in Hampshire, England. My mother may have used it. I don't think I have.
    I almost added "quaint" to the adjectives in my previous post. Yankee's support for the term made me think it's still used in some regions of the United States, so I dropped it.
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    #27

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    ''I feel bad. I feel badlypoorly.'' You crossed it (badly) out because here you are talking about health. Am I right? Yes. If I feel guilty I can use I feel bad, (Yes,I would expect to use and hear "bad' in that context)) I feel poorly (maybe,but would not expect to hear or use)and even I feel badly (for me 50/50) with ''badly'' being a nonstandard form. Is that right? Just reasking to make sure I don't misunderstand.
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    #28

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Is there a complete list of such verbs? It would be very helpful to study them.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_copulae

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    #29

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
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    If I am talking about a relationship. It won't be wrong to say ''It ended badly or poorly.'' But not ''bad.'' Am I right?

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    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    If I am talking about a relationship. It won't be wrong to say ''It ended badly or poorly.'' But not ''bad.'' Am I right?
    Yes. In casual speech, many native speakers would say It ended bad, but learners shouldn't do this.
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