Friday, September 10, 2004

Pet peeve

Badly is an adverb. It describes the verb it follows. If somebody had a personal tragedy, don't say, "Well, I know everybody feels badly for you."* This means that everybody is feeling emotions incorrectly. If how you feel is bad, you feel bad, not badly.

Yes, I have a degree in English.

* Overheard at work today.

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