The UVic Writer's Guide

Bad/ Badly

Bad is an adjective ("bad day") or the complement of a linking verb ("I feel bad").

Badly is an adverb ("he putts badly").

Avoid expressions such as "I did real bad," unless you are referring to the exam in which you used the phrase.

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