• It was made beautiful
  • It was made beautifully
  • I'm hurt badly
  • I'm hurt bad

Which one is correct? Since I know that in the active voice, we can use both with different meanings. Does the passive voice apply the same rule?

  • The first is correct. The second is not. Note that the two parts of the first have different meanings.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 3, 2016 at 12:45
  • What is the difference in meaning between I'm hurt badly and I'm hurt bad? Dec 3, 2016 at 15:40
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    it depends entirely on the context. all could be right or wrong, depending on what preceeded.
    – mobileink
    Dec 4, 2016 at 0:46

1 Answer 1


'It was made beautiful' means that something was not beautiful at first but you did things to it to cause it to be beautiful. Here 'beautiful' is an adjective.

'It was made beautifully' means that something was produced in a beautiful manner. Here 'beautifully' is an adverb.

'I am hurt badly' means that you are injured in a bad way, with 'badly' used as an adverb, while 'I am hurt bad' is not used in ordinary circumstances but may be used informally in American English to mean 'I am hurt badly', with 'bad' replacing 'badly' as the adverb.

Note that 'bad' is usually used as an adjective, as in 'Will is a bad boy'.

  • I like the answer except for your discussion of bad. Although colloquial, I feel it is an adjective for the same reasons you describe for."beautiful* such as I am bad.
    – Stu W
    Dec 3, 2016 at 19:25
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    @StuW: It seems to me to be an adverb. As Will says, it is modifying the meaning of the verb phrase "am hurt", not of the noun phrase "I".
    – sumelic
    Dec 3, 2016 at 21:32

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