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February 23, 2006

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Mary Pittman

So, "I want to see you bad." would be correct?

Lynn

Mary, the correct choice is "I want to see you badly." That is because "want" is an action verb.

If you are writing rock music lyrics, write what works for the rhyme, meter, and audience.

Lynn

Ben

So would "I want to play so badly" be correct?

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Yes, that's correct although not a great choice. It suggests you play badly. Why not "I want to play so much"? Or "I want so badly to play"?

Carol

Can you explain: Sam felt bad, but he felt badly for hurting his hand. How would you explain the usage of bad and badly?

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi Carol. Perhaps you mean he could not feel with his hand because he had damaged it. Then why not say he has limited ability to feel with his hand? It would be quite unusual to say he "felt badly."

Lynn

keith

what about i miss you so bad?
why not badly?

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Keith, "I miss you badly" is correct, as are "I really miss you" and "I miss you terribly."

Lynn

keith

but why do people use the sentence"i miss you so bad"?i googled it and have seen a lot of this sentence.it made me get confused.or most people use it in the wrong way?

ps thank you for your reply

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Keith, using "bad" as an adverb (as in "I miss you so bad") is common in informal speech and writing. However, in formal writing, "badly" is the right choice when you need an adverb.

Lynn

keith

thank you so much Lynn :-)

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