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The AMA Handbook of Business Writing by Jennifer WAUSON, Kevin WILSON

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BAD, BADLY

Bad is an adjective and badly is an adverb. Use the adjective bad when referring to human feeling.

Example: I felt bad. [If you said, “I felt badly,” you’d be saying that there was something wrong with your sense of touch.]

Badly is an adverb, but it is often mistakenly used as an adjective.

Incorrect: He wanted badly to go with them.

Correct: He wanted very much to go with them.

Incorrect: She felt badly after her operation.

Correct: She did not feel well after her operation.

BACK-CHANNELING

In conversation, back-channeling is a natural response that shows you understand what a person is saying by using interjections such as I see, yes, okay, and uh-huh.

BACKSLASH, SLASH

The usual slash (/) is sometimes called a forward slash ...

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