Monday, December 25, 2006

She Felt Finely, Instead - Laura Bush: I Never Felt Bad

(CBS News) WASHINGTON First lady Laura Bush suffered no ill effects from the cancerous growth on her leg and that is why it was never revealed to the public, she told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer in an exclusive interview.

"I never felt badly," Mrs. Bush said in an excerpt of the interview (video) shown on CBS News' The Early Show.

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Anonymous said...

"I felt badly about it"

Is that grammatically incorrect?

Felt is a verb and "badly" is an adverb, no?

Unknown said...

From "Get it Write":
Here's a New Year's resolution you can keep: vow never again to confuse the adjective "bad" with the adverb "badly."

Which of these are correct?

1. Our stock performed badly last year.
2. Tim delegates badly.
3. We felt badly about our stock's performance last year.
4. I feel badly about not calling sooner.
5. When I visited her in the hospital, she looked badly.

Only the first two are correct. Because "badly" is an adverb, it describes the manner in which an action is performed. In the first two sentences, "performing" and "delegating" are actions, so it is appropriate to use an adverb to describe HOW they are done.

In the last three sentences, "feeling" and "looking" are not actions but states of being. The correct word in each case would be "bad" because we are NOT describing the manner in which an action is being performed.

In sentences 3 and 4, since "feel" is not an action verb, we should use the adjective "bad" to describe the pronouns "we" and "I."

Allan Guthrie said...

"Badly is an adverb. So to say you feel badly would be saying that the mechanism which allows you to feel is broken." Harmony in KISS, KISS, BANG, BANG.

Unknown said...

Thanks, Al. I should have remembered that. A great movie, and an instructive line.