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"Wrongly" is an adverb which is often translated as "erróneamente", and "badly" is an adverb which is often translated as "mal". Learn more about the difference between "wrongly" and "badly" below.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (incorrectly)
a. erróneamente
My daughter's name was wrongly spelled on her diploma.El nombre de mi hija fue escrito erróneamente en su diploma.
b. mal
People who only get their news from social media are likely to be wrongly informed.Las personas que solo ven las noticias en las redes sociales son susceptibles de estar mal informadas.
c. equivocadamente
Donald wrongly believes that he is the best baseball player in the world.Donald cree equivocadamente que es el mejor jugador de béisbol del mundo.
2. (unjustly)
a. injustamente
He was wrongly imprisoned for decades for a crime he did not commit.Fue encarcelado injustamente durante décadas por un crimen que no cometió.
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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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