MICHAEL’S RULES OF CORRECT ENGLISH USAGE
“Bad” is an adjective. It describes nouns or pronouns. It is used with sense and linking verbs such “look”, “feel”, “sound”, “taste” or “to be”.
The Tiger bullpen played bad last night. (INCORRECT)
She felt badly about missing the date. (INCORRECT)
Things look badly for the Tigers. (INCORRECT)
“Badly” is an adverb; it describes verbs and should be used with all verbs other than linking verbs. It usually answers the question “How?”
“Detroit played badly Sunday night.” (CORRECT – “Badly” describes the verb “played”.)
“Both” and “each”, if incorrectly used could cause some confusion.
Define “both” and “each”.
What part of speech is each word?
Read the sentence below and identify the possible lack of clarity in it.
“I gave both of the girls $50.”
Rewrite the sentence to make it clearer and then explain your change.
The word for today is “misconstrue”.
What part of speech is “misconstrue”?
Define “misconstrue” and use it in a sentence of your own creation.