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    Using the Right Word: bad, badly

    Friday, August 21, 2009

    Bad is an adjective and can be used after linking verbs.

    The bad day would not end.
    I feel bad, look bad, and smell bad.

    Badly is an adverb.

    He was driving badly, so I called the 800 number on the truck's bumper sticker.

    (From Write for Business, page 226, and Proofreader's Guide PDF, page 38)