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"Bad" is an adjective which is often translated as "malo", and "badly" is an adverb which is often translated as "mal". Learn more about the difference between "bad" and "badly" below.
bad(
bahd
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (of poor quality)
a. malo
I can't believe I wasted my time on such a bad movie!¡No puedo creer que perdí mi tiempo viendo una película tan mala!
2. (harmful)
a. malo
Drinking alcohol is bad for your health.Beber alcohol es malo para tu salud.
3. (unpleasant)
a. malo
I had a bad day at work today.Hoy tuve un día malo en el trabajo.
4. (unfavorable)
a. malo
I'm afraid this is a bad time, come back later.Me temo que este es un mal momento, vuelva luego.
5. (wicked)
a. malo
That boyfriend of yours was a bad person.Aquel novio tuyo era una mala persona.
6. (severe)
a. fuerte
I had such a bad headache that I had to stay at home.Tenía un dolor de cabeza tan fuerte que tuve que quedarme en casa.
b. grave
He was shot, and his wound is bad.Le dispararon y la herida es grave.
7. (rotten)
a. podrido
Don't eat that tomato, it's gone bad.No te comas ese tomate, está podrido.
8. (guilty)
a. mal
I feel bad for not having remembered our wedding anniversary.Me siento mal por no haberme acordado de nuestro aniversario de boda.
9. (afflicted)
a. malo
My dad has a bad back and cannot lift heavy objects.Mi papá tiene la espalda mala y no puede levantar objetos pesados.
10. (finance)
a. sin fondos
I knew it was a bad check when it was returned by the bank.Supe que era un cheque sin fondos cuando el banco me lo devolvió.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
11. (evil)
a. lo malo
You have to take the bad with the good in this situation.Tienes que aceptar lo bueno y lo malo en esta situación.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
12.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(for emphasis)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I love you so bad that it hurts.Te quiero tanto que duele.
It's so hot out. I need some water real bad.Hace tanto calor afuera. Estoy desesperado por un poco de agua.
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badly(
bahd
-
li
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (poorly)
a. mal
I understand French but speak it badly.Entiendo el francés, pero lo hablo mal.
2. (unfavorably)
a. mal
Things have been going badly for me at work lately.Últimamente las cosas me están yendo mal en el trabajo.
3. (wrongly)
a. mal
He treats his employees badly. He always criticizes and never praises them.Trata mal a sus empleados. Siempre los critica y nunca los elogia.
4. (seriously)
a. gravemente
Sheila was badly injured in the car crash.Sheila resultó gravemente herida en el accidente de auto.
5. (greatly)
a. muy (before an adjective)
Sharon felt badly hurt when she found out that James had been criticizing her behind her back.Sharon se sintió muy herida cuando se enteró de que James la había estado criticando a sus espaldas.
b. mucho
I realize I need my wife badly. I don't know what I'd do without her.Me doy cuenta de que necesito mucho a mi esposa. No sé qué haría sin ella.
6. (spectacularly)
a. estrepitosamente
He failed badly as a photographer, but found success as a writer.Fracasó estrepitosamente como fotógrafo, pero tuvo éxito como escritor.
7. (urgently)
a. desesperadamente
The fields badly need water. The drought has lasted too long.Los campos necesitan agua desesperadamente. La sequía ha durado demasiado.
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