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"Bad" is an adjective which is often translated as "malo", and "poorly" is an adverb which is often translated as "mal". Learn more about the difference between "bad" and "poorly" 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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poorly(
pawr
-
li
)
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (badly)
a. mal
Calvin did poorly in elementary school.A Calvin le fue mal en la primaria.
b. muy poco
This room is poorly lit and I have to strain my eyes to read.Este cuarto está muy poco iluminado y tengo que esforzar mis ojos para leer.
2. (shabbily)
a. pobremente
Alex was poorly dressed for the conference because the airline lost the bag where he had his suits.Alex iba pobremente vestido a la conferencia porque el aerolínea perdió la maleta con todos sus trajes.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (sick)
a. enfermo
My doggie is poorly after scoffing a pound of gummy beans.Mi perrito está enfermo después de zamparse una libra de caramelos de goma.
b. mal
My daughter feels poorly and stayed home from school today.Mi hija se siente mal y no fue a la escuela hoy.
c. pachucho
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
Marcia is feeling poorly after staying out all night dancing and drinking.Marcia se siente pachucha después de pasar toda la noche bailando y bebiendo.
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