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re: Grammar in "Left in the Dark"

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Dr_Rock 03:15 pm MST 01/26/07
In reply to: re: Grammar in "Left in the Dark" - Smeghead 10:09 am MST 01/26/07

Badly is correct if you want to say that he didn't do a very good job of needing her. If you want to say that he needed her very much then the grammatically correct way of saying it is that he needed her bad (e.g. see Ted Nugent's song "Need You Bad"). However Smeg is correct when he says that this can also mean he needs her to be a bad person.
Don't you just love the English language!
For a bonus point, can anyone spot the subtle abuse of the English language in the song, "I'm Gonna Love Her For Both of Us?"

Will

> Badly is correct. It describes how he needs her. If he
> needed her bad then bad being an adjective would say that
> he needs her to be a bad person... or a naughty person.
> For an adverb you ask does it desc ribe the verb. How did
> he need her? He needed her badly.
>
> > Listening to LitD this morning, and this line struck me:
> >
> > I needed you oh so badly tonight
> >
> > "Badly" being an adverb, doesn't this mean that the
> > speaker is doing a poor job of "needing."
> >
> > Shouldn't this properly be "needed you oh so bad" ?

URL: I need you oh so naughty tonight

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