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Originally Posted by profdanglais View Post

Adverbs describe the action expressed by verbs. So if you say "She drives badly" badly describes the action of her driving. But "feel" is a kind of verb that usually describes not an action but the state of its subject. So effectively, the modifier needs to describe the subject and not the verb, meaning it has to be an adjective. "Bad" describes the state of the person who feels, not the manner in which they feel. Saying someone feels badly means they are not good at feeling, i.e. their feelings don't work properly. Someone with Asperger's might be described as feeling badly since their feelings don't function the same way most people's do, but if you are saying that your emotional state is not good, you have to say you feel bad. Similarly, when a person is malodorous, you would say they smell bad (describing their odour) because to say they smell badly would mean their nose doesn't work. Other verbs of this type include look, sound, feel, taste, etc. 

I got it now. That does make sense. Merci beaucoup!
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 Originally Posted by Primula


Originally Posted by ReallySleepy View Post

As a non-English-speaker I am amazed at usage on this forum.



I thought I explained that: people writing lay when what they mean to say is lie. Everyday communication must suffer if one mixes up these verbs.

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