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Avoiding Common Errors
Bad or Badly?
When you want to describe how you feel, you should use an adjective (Why? Feel is a
sense (linking verb). So you'd say, "I feel bad." Saying you feel badly would be like
saying you play football badly. It would mean that you are unable to feel, as though your
hands were partially numb.
We were a lot more careful this time.
He works a lot less carefully than the other jeweler in town.
We like his work so much better.
You'll get your watch back all the faster
Good or Well?
Good is an adjective, so you do not do good or live good, but you do well and live well.
Remember, though, that an adjective follows sense-verbs and be-verbs, so you also feel
good, look good, smell good, are good, have been good, etc
Both adverbs and adjectives in their comparative and superlative forms can be
accompanied by pre-modifiers, single words and phrases that intensify the degree.
Sure or Surely?
Sure is an adjective, and surely is an adverb. Sure is also used in the idiomatic expression
sure to be. Surely can be used as a sentence-adverb.
Adjectives can compare two things or more than two things. When we make these comparisons, we use comparative and superlative forms of adjectives.
One way to describe nouns (people, objects, animals, etc.) is by comparing them to something else. When comparing two things, you’re likely to use adjectives like smaller, bigger, taller, more interesting, and less expensive.