“Feel Bad” and “Feel Badly”

How do you feel?

John Douglas Porter
Writers’ Blokke
Published in
1 min readApr 26, 2024

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Image by Rosy / Bad Homburg / Germany from Pixabay

Language can be confusing for speakers and writers when they’re trying to convey their feelings.

If I Feel Badly . . .

When I’m conforming to the conventions and I say or write, “I feel badly,” I’m referring to my sense of touch. For example, years ago my hands were frostbitten. Now, during cold weather, my fingers are sometimes numb…

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John Douglas Porter
Writers’ Blokke

John Porter manages his family’s cattle ranch in California, where he also writes screenplays, essays, and stories.