bad, badly

Bad is an adjective, badly an adverb. Despite this clear grammatical distinction, people tend to say "I feel badly" about as often as the more correct "I feel bad." In time, distinction between the forms may break down further, but as of now "I feel bad" is preferable. When the verb is to be modified, that is, when one is referring to a sense of touch, or feel, only badly is accurate: the student learning braille might say,"I feel badly this morning."

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