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"Badly" is an adverb which is often translated as "mal", and "soundly" is an adverb which is often translated as "sólidamente". Learn more about the difference between "badly" and "soundly" below.
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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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soundly
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (securely)
a. sólidamente
Horacio was quite proud of his soundly constructed shelter.Horacio estaba bastante orgulloso de su refugio sólidamente construido.
2. (completely)
a. profundamente (to sleep)
You were sleeping soundly on the coach with your mouth wide open when I got home.Estabas durmiendo profundamente en el sofá con la boca bien abierta cuando regresé a casa.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Esteban beat Alejandra so soundly in tennis, that she wouldn't even take him up on a rematch.Esteban le dio tan buena paliza a Alejandra en tenis, que ella ni siquiera le aceptó una revancha.
Rodrigo scolded his children soundly and told them not to throw eggs at the neighbors' house.Rodrigo les dio una buena regañiza a sus hijos y les dijo que no volvieran a tirar huevos a la casa de los vecinos.
3. (reasonably)
a. lógicamente
All her arguments in favor of the bill were soundly expressed.Todos sus argumentos a favor del proyecto de ley fueron expresados lógicamente.
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