bad - badly


bad - badly
'bad'
Something that is bad is unpleasant, harmful, or undesirable.

I have some very bad news.

Candy is bad for your teeth.

The weather was bad.

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The comparative and superlative forms of `bad' are worse and worst.

Her marks are getting worse and worse.

...the worst thing which ever happened to me.

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You never use the forms `badder' and `baddest'.
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'badly'
You do not use bad as an adverb. You do not say, for example, `The Conservatives did bad in the elections'. You say `The Conservatives did badly in the elections'.

I cut myself badly.

The room was so badly lit I couldn't see what I was doing.

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When badly is used like this, its comparative and superlative forms are worse and worst.

Some people ski worse than others.

...the worst affected areas.

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Badly has another meaning which is quite different. If you need or want something badly, you need or want it very much.

We need the money badly.

I want you so badly.

I am badly in need of advice.

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For this meaning of badly, you do not use the comparative and superlative forms `worse' and `worst'. Instead you use the forms more badly and most badly.

She wanted him more badly than ever.

This is the area that most badly needs the relationship.

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Many other words and expressions can be used in a similar way to this meaning of badly. For a graded list, see section on degree in entry at ↑ Adverbials.
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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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