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Bad vs. Badly

We often hear people or read things that say “I feel badly” or sentences that are similar. Have you ever wondered when you use the word “bad” or when you use “badly”? Well, we have and we figured it was worth addressing. In this post we will discuss the difference in these words when used in a sentence.

“Bad” is a verb. “Badly” is an adverb. This makes all the difference in their meaning and their place in sentence structure.
If I say that “I feel badly”, it is not a very accurate statement. The verb “feel” means to touch or to “have a sensation of (something), other than by sight, hearing, smell or taste. An example of this is “feel a stabbing pain”. So basically, if I say that I “feel badly”, I am saying that I “touch badly”.
A person pointed out at one time that most people don’t say that they”feel badly” or “feel sadly”, so why would anyone “feel badly”? This makes perfect sense. “Feel” is a verb and “badly is an adverb. Adverbs modify verbs so it just doesn’t make sense to use it in this manner.
Here are a few sentences to show examples of correct and incorrect usage:
Incorrect: I feel badly.
Correct: I feel bad.
Incorrect: I smell badly.
Correct: I smell bad.
Times when the use of “badly” does not follow the rules above are:
“You behaved badly in the movie theatre.”
“The move went badly.”
The misconception with “bad” vs. “badly” is that in most cases you are just fine using an adverb after a verb but with this particular verb and adverb you need to watch it. We must point out that different people have different views on English grammar and usage rules.

College Savings Plans

The best time to start planning for your child’s college education is NOW. Whether your child is an infant, an elementary student, or not far from starting college, it is not to late to start a college savings plan. The best gift you can ever give your child is the gift of an education, his/her future may depend on it. There are a number of ways you can choose to invest in your child’s education. In a recent article posted on educationbug.org many of these options are defined, such as Roth IRA’s, prepaid tuition plans, mutual savings bonds, U.S. saving bonds, and more. It may seem that you have an eternity to save and plan before your child will be old enough to attend college, but trust me, the passing time of your child growing up seems to go by faster than any other aspect of time in life, so start now.

On a side note, educationbug also posted a grammar lesson article defining and comparing the words Eminent, Imminent, and Immanent. I always find these articles interesting and informative, and hope you do too.

Less and Fewer

There are so many words in the English language to describe measurements, or how much or how little you have of something it can become confusing as to when it is appropriate to use one word vs. another. Less and Fewer are two of those words that people often get confused about. In our recent Grammar Lesson article we discuss many of the issues and rules for using count and non-count nouns, quantifying count nouns, and quantifying non-count nouns.

While there you may also like to read the article on uninterested vs. disinterested, two more commonly confused words. In fact, if you poke around a bit you will be able to find a lot of articles on commonly misused words. Read these articles to improve your vocabulary skills, surprise your friends by being able to explain the difference to them, or just do it for fun!

Prepositions and Division

Do you know the difference between simple prepositions, complex prepositions, prepositional complements, and what the roles of prepositional phrases are? If not, we have a great grammar lesson article for you to read at educationbug.org. Our grammar lessons are posted on a regular basis and can help you learn about many things in the English language. You will find articles about parts of sentences (like nouns, prepositions, adjectives etc…), allusion vs illusion, passed vs. past (and many more easy confused comparisons), and reminders of English grammar rules like I before E.

Educationbug also has a math lesson category with many new articles posted regularly. This week in math lessons we cover mathematical division. This article is a great reminder of some of the basic information on how to divide, and some of the many ways in which to solve division problems.

Acronyms and Multiplication

Acronyms are found all around us. An Acronym is an abbreviation of a word or phrase. There are some fields where acronyms are used on a regular basis, and are very prevalent. For example, the military uses such acronyms as NASA, ROTC, SGT, etc…The medical field is also known for their use of acronyms like HIV, EKG, MRI etc…And you cannot own or work on a computer without knowing some of their acronyms (CPU, .com, LOL etc…) Every single one of us use acronyms in our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not. We recently posted a grammar lesson article about acronyms that you may find interesting.

While you are there, check out our new math lesson article on multiplication. This article has great information on the basics of multiplication, multiplication tables, and how they work.

At educationbug.org we strive to continue to post articles that our readers will find interesting and educating.

Patience vs. Patients

Are you aware of the difference between patients vs. patience? Because they are pronounced the same many people do not stop to think about which spelling would be proper to use when writing a sentence. Educationbug.org is here to help you differentiate between patients and patience in our new grammar lesson article titled Patience vs. Patients. I think you will find this article very informative.

To go along with this article we have also posted an article on Homographs. Homographs are word that are spelled the same but pronounced differently, this includes such words as record, address, close, etc…Check it out, there are probably some you never even thought about.

Homeschool Social Studies

Our recent article on Homeschool Social Studies will help you with your first steps in finding the social studies curriculum requirements, then help you formulate your lesson plans. The article also gives you tips and information on how to expand beyond the standard social studies curriculum.

A grammar lesson article was also posted to educationbug.org. This article contains the definitions of sit and set, it also compares sit vs. set and gives you examples of when each is the more appropriate word to use.

Keep checking back for more interesting articles, they are posted nearly every day : )

Concurrent Enrollment

Concurrent Enrollment is a great opportunity for High School students to obtain college credit and experience a little bit of college life prior to graduating high school. Concurrent enrollment allows high school students to get take college level courses and get college credit while still enrolled in their high school. There are several different ways in which concurrent enrollment can be accomplished. Visit our latest article on Educationbug.org to get the details.

Also recently posted in our grammar lesson section is an article on sentences. This article covers different parts of a sentence as well as tips to avoid using incomplete or run-on sentences.

Reign vs Rein

Most people are familiar with the more commonly used form of rain, referring to precipitation or April showers. A great way to remember how that rain is spelled is thinking of April showers, and it being the only “rain” spelled with an “a”. The other two forms are spelled with an ei. One refers to control or part of a bridle for a horse, and the other refers to royalty. But, do you know which is which? Rein and reign and more often confused. To find out more about the differences between rein, reign, and rain visit our recent grammar lesson article post, titled Reign vs. Rein.

Keep tuned for more great information on educationbug.org. With the school year coming to a close we will soon be posting more articles that will help prepare you for the summer and help you get ahead of the game for next year. Don’t find yourself putting off school registration, applying for student loans, or filling out applications. We already have a number of articles that can help you with choosing between a college vs. university, choosing a college major, and how to find scholarships.

Loath vs. Loathe

Loath vs. Loathe? hhhmmm…I have to admit that, I did not know there was a difference between loath and loathe. I even learned there is loth as well. Education is such a beautiful thing! I am very fortunate because I get to learn something new every single day in my job.

It does not matter if you are 9 years old or 90 years old, everyone should take an opportunity every day to stretch their minds. The grammar lessons at educationbug.org is a great way to do that. If you will do this you will not only feel smarter but it will help you feel good about yourself, and keep your mind sharp. Just like many other things, if you do not use your mind you just may lose it.

Even if you loath to read, there are many ways you can exercise your mind.