I am feels bad or she feels badly. Which is correct and why?
If you feel bad, you have some sort of illness or a problem with something that has happened.
I drank too much, and I feel bad.
I feel bad about the way she was treated.
If you feel badly, you have a problem with your sense of touch.
The end of my finger was chopped off, and now I feel badly.
The difference is in whether 'feel' is used as a linking verb or an action verb. If you are describing how your head hurts, it's a linking verb and 'bad' should be an adjective. 'My head feels bad.' If you are using 'feel' as an action verb, then you should use the adverb 'badly' to describe the action of feeling something.
|link comment||edited Jul 03 '13 at 12:36 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow|
"I am feels .." is not correct. "Feels" is the second person singular of the verb "to feel", as in "she feels".
"She feels badly" is correct: note that it does not mean that she is unwell, but that she is unhappy about something: "She feels badly about having insulted her father."
The sentences "She feels bad" and "She is feeling bad" mean that she is unwell. But, if followed by the reason, as in the example above, can also mean the same as "She feels badly...".
|link||edited Jul 03 '13 at 13:12 Michael Cranfield Expert|
As pointed out, the question here relates to context. Verbs are either action verbs (with or without objects) or being verbs (with complement). Some verbs, depending on context, can be both. In terms of the latter, 'feel' is a good example.
If it is used as an action verb, you may have: He feels the breeze on his face. Here, 'the breeze' is the object of 'feels' - he feels something. If he feels the breeze badly, he might have trouble feeling it, for whatever reason.
In this case, 'badly' is an adverb that modifies the meaning of the action verb 'feels'. However, if 'feels' is used as a linking verb, it will link the subject with more information about the subject. In this case, the verb functions like a = sign. What follows the verb is not an object but a complement. This complement is usually a noun, a pronoun, or an adjective. Thus, 'He feels bad,' is a sentence that tells you more about 'he'. You can visualise it as: He = bad.
So, context is monarch, as usual!
|link comment||edited Jul 03 '13 at 21:40 Ahmad Barnard Expert|
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