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ANARIE Posts: 13,200
12/1/12 5:23 P

Neither one is actually correct. Something can't hurt good (except in annoying 70s songs), so it can't hurt bad or badly. It hurts a lot, it hurts intensely, or as Nirerin said, it aches. Bad is an adjective of quality, and the verb "hurt" needs a quantifier or an adverb of intensity.

Or you could take it as an opportunity for vocabulary building. "Hurt + adverb" is pretty vague. A word like sting, ache, throb, etc gives a lot more information; it even lets the other person start guessing at why.

Also, if the teacher corrects your child on something minor like this, it's going to be better for the child in the long run if you support the teacher. Help the child learn to choose his or her battles and not sweat the small stuff. If she says 1/3 of 15 is 7, stick up for the kid. Bad versus badly... that's when you say, "I'm not sure myself, honey, but I think that since Ms. Teachly has probably studied grammar more than I have, we should listen to her unless you find a really good source that says otherwise."

Edited by: ANARIE at: 12/1/2012 (17:28)
JREIDY SparkPoints: (52,982)
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12/1/12 1:41 P

Commas Save Lives;

1. Let's eat grandma!
2. Let's eat, grandma.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,297
12/1/12 12:40 P

The correction is correct. Things that end in ly are adverbs. Adverbs modify verbs. Since in this case bad/ badly is being used to modify hurt, and hurt is being used as a verb, you would use the adverb (badly) because hurt is a verb, not a noun.
Bobby was outside in the cold when his ear began to ache.
gets you around the whole thing.

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11/30/12 9:51 P

i would say Bobby was outside in the cold when his ear began to hurt.
buuuut if i had to pick i'd say 1.

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11/30/12 9:47 P

I am not an english major but I believe the first sentence is the correct one.

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11/30/12 9:37 P


LIBBYL1 Posts: 5,933
11/30/12 9:23 P

The second one is correct grammatically. Using bad as in the first sentence (rather than as an adjective) is not correct in formal language - though it is how people speak and thus fine in a quote from someone to build character etc

SHARONSOWN Posts: 1,746
11/30/12 9:17 P

The first is correct. To say that it hurt badly would be to say it didn't hurt correctly or properly.

Edited by: SHARONSOWN at: 11/30/2012 (21:19)
ONLINEASLLOU SparkPoints: (73,365)
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11/30/12 8:30 P

I think "badly' is technically correct -- though I admit that a lot of people would use "bad" in conversation. In fact, if memory serves me correctly ... the use of "bad" and "good" are considered OK choices by some grammarians when used in the context of physical health.

Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 11/30/2012 (20:37)
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11/30/12 8:14 P

I'm asking this because child's teacher corrected something like this and I think she's wrong. She corrected with the second sentence. It just doesn't sound right.

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11/30/12 1:19 P

The first one.

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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11/30/12 1:16 P

Which sounds right to you?

Bobby was outside in the cold when his ear started to hurt really bad.

~ OR...

Bobby was outside in the cold when his ear started to hurt really badly.


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