Tip 7 (Bad vs. Badly)

Tip 7 (Bad vs. Badly) - Sales Students, This weeks tip...

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Sales Students, This week’s tip covers when to correctly use bad/badly. Look at the examples and then take the quiz. The answers are included at the end of this email so that you may check your answers. Which of these are correct? 1. Our stock performed badly last year. 2. Tim delegates badly. 3. We felt badly about our stock's performance last year. 4. I feel badly about not calling sooner. 5. When I visited her in the hospital, she looked badly. Only the first two are correct. Because "badly" is an adverb, it describes the manner in which an action is performed. In the first two sentences, "performing" and "delegating" are actions, so it is appropriate to use an adverb to describe HOW they are done. In the last three sentences, "feeling" and "looking" are not actions but states of being. The correct word in each case would be "bad" because we are NOT describing the manner in which an action is being performed. In sentences 3 and 4, since "feel" is not an action verb, we should use the adjective "bad"
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course ENG 1310 taught by Professor Pilkington during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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