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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?
    Use badly there, not poorly or bad.

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    #32

    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?
    "Bad" works with "ended up," which again is copulative.

    It started out good, but ended up bad.

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    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    "Bad" works with "ended up," which again is copulative.

    It started out good, but ended up bad.
    Nice. (There's nothing quite like a lovely bit of casual copulation on a locked-down Saturday night!)

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    #34

    Re: Bad/badly

    I think it's kind of cool that this sentence also works, and means very nearly the same thing: It started well but ended badly.
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    #35

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I think it's kind of cool that this sentence also works, and means very nearly the same thing: It started well but ended badly.
    What's wrong with ''poorly?''

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    #36

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    I think it's kind of cool that this sentence also works, and means very nearly the same thing: It started well but ended badly.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    What's wrong with ''poorly?''
    That's also possible.
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    #37

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    That's also possible.
    In American English? The relationship started well but ended poorly. The relationship ended up poorly.

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    #38

    Re: Bad/badly

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    In American English? The relationship started well but ended poorly. The relationship ended up poorly.
    They're both possible with my correction. "Poorly" is less bad than "badly".
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