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Una pregunta de "Estoy mal"

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I was wondering why the phrase "I am bad" in spanish is "Estoy mal"

Wouldn't it be "estoy malo/mala"? I've read something about that meaning I am sick, though

I'm not sure and I've been curious about this. Pueden ayudarme'

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updated ABR 11, 2009
posted by StevenEsteban

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If anything you would think it would be an adverb as the estoy mal is usually the answer to ¿Cómo estás? How are you? or how do you feel?

I am feeling poorly'I hadn't see you had already mentioned this, Quentin.

No apology necessary. I was quite lost. Thanks for the clarification.

updated ABR 11, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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Mal is a noun, however, malo is an adjective.

Hmmm, only party correct though, as it CAN be a nound but IS no noun here.

Mal can be a noun, together with a verb is it an adverb.

Malo can also be a noun: adjetivo sustantivado.

El malo de la película.

updated ABR 11, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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Estoy mal would more likely be I am sick. (feeling bad)This would be the most common use in Spain at least.

Soy mal is I am bad. I am evil. (bad personality) or depending on the context similar to being a bad boy in English.

Soy MALO/a. Soy mal is not correct.

If anything you would think it would be an adverb as the estoy mal is usually the answer to ¿Cómo estás? How are you? or how do you feel?

I am feeling poorly'I hadn't see you had already mentioned this, Quentin.

updated ABR 11, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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Estoy mal also means Im wrong, Im not correct,

This use is not commmon in Spain. smile

updated ABR 11, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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Mal is a noun, however, malo is an adjective.

That begs the question:

How does you say
Estoy+noun
where we would expect an adjective?

I think we're just rewording the original question. Why is estoy+noun form used where one would expect estoy+adjective form or as I mentioned before, why is a predicate noun used where you would expect a predicate adjective'

updated ABR 11, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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Estoy mal would more likely be I am sick. (feeling bad)

Soy mal is I am bad. I am evil. (bad personality) or depending on the context similar to being a bad boy in English.

As to the answer to your other question there is usually an implied word that in this case would be masculine causing the malo to change to mal. Something akin to Estoy de mal (sentido/humor).

Have you noticed how tables are set up for showing verb conjugations? If a neuter, generic first, second, third is used the table use the masculine abbreviation.



if the word persona is implied they use



I think the estoy mal is used because there is some implication there. (SWAG)

Another SWAG would be that mal is a noun here and not an adjective, but I couldn't explain how that construction works (predicate noun rather than predicate adjective). If anything you would think it would be an adverb as the estoy mal is usually the answer to ¿Cómo estás? How are you? or how do you feel?
I am feeling poorly'

updated ABR 11, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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Estoy mal also means Im wrong, Im not correct, or Im sick..in general it means to be in a bad condition.

By other hand, Soy malo, means Im bad, Im mean, Im evil...

Mal is a noun, however, malo is an adjective.

updated ABR 11, 2009
posted by Blackbull
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