One of our readers just sent an interesting e-mail in regards to a conversation between Donald Trump and Cyndi during the Celebrity Apprentice. Most of you probably remember when Mr. Trump corrected Cyndi’s sentence. Here in an interesting explanation that one of our female readers wrote:
I heard Mr. Trump correct you on the show last Sunday night when you said, “I feel bad….” I think you should tell him HE WAS WRONG! YOU WERE RIGHT. See below.
Bad vs. Badly
Often I hear the word “badly” used incorrectly. For example, “I feel badly for him because he didn’t make the cut.” Most grammarians believe that this statement is incorrect. In this case bad is an adjective that we use with the linking verbs: feel, is, seems, looks, or appears.
To feel badly implies that your sense of touch is not right. When you are referring to a sense of touch, then badly is used as an adverb describing the verb to feel or touch.
The correct way to say the sentence is, “I feel bad for him because he didn’t make the cut.”