Is there any difference between these two sentences?
I FEEL BAD
I FEEL BADLY
is it possible that "bad" and "Badly" have any subtle difference???
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
Good afternoon, Sommy.
(1) Yes, there is actually a difference.
(2) Probably 99 times out of 100 times, you need to say "I feel bad":
(a) I am sick. So I feel bad today.
(b) I have a guilty conscience.
(i) For example, I was disrespectful to my mother. I feel bad.
(a) Many native speakers say, "I feel badLY" for "I have a guilty conscience," but the grammar books say that is NOT correct. Use "bad."
(3) "I feel badly" is almost never used in "correct" English.
(a) But there is one time when it is correct:
SUSAN: I bought this material for a new dress. Please feel it and tell me how it feels to your touch. Is it smooth enough for a dress?
MONA: I'm sorry, but I can't!
SUSAN: Why not?
MONA: Have you forgotten that I broke my fingers two days ago? I still feel badLY. ( = I feel things with my fingers in a bad way. My fingers are broken, so when I touch something, I cannot feel things WELL. I can only feel things badLY.)
Have a nice day!