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re: Grammar in "Left in the Dark"

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GTKarber 03:15 pm MST 01/26/07
In reply to: re: Grammar in "Left in the Dark" - Vin 11:28 am MST 01/26/07

Smeg is so right it's unbelievable.

You, in contrast, are not.

Badly is the adverb. In this case, you want to use the adverb, not the adjective, which is what bad is. All of your uses of the word "bad," every single one of them, are informal uses of bad to mean the adverb. Nothing wrong with that. It's just not proper. And if we're debating minutiae, as you say, well then...

Using bad would be like using good instead of well. "How did you do on the exam?" "I did good." That doesn't sound horrible to our ears, and neither does bad in your examples. But it's wrong. "I did well" is correct.

But yeah, Smeg said it.


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