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Adverbs and adjectives behaving badly

What's the right way to use bad, or badly?

Michigan Radio's Rina Millertalks with Anne Curzan, a professor of English at the University of Michigan, who specializes in linguistics.

Linguists call "feel" a linking verb, which requires an adjective to follow it. Curzan says that's where people get confused.

"I feel happy, I feel bad, but people get confused because with other verbs you'd get an adverb there, I feel bad, I cook badly," Curzan said.

Listen to the full interview above to hear why we get "slowly" but not "fastly." Plus, you'll hear why it's okay to say, "I'm good."

Mercedes Mejia is a producer and director of Stateside.