What does "I want to learn english so badly." mean? What does "so badly" mean in this text. I saw an English native speaker writing this down on the website.

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    It's an idiomatic usage where so means very. And if you say you badly want something, this already implies you want it very much, so your cited version is just an even more "emphatic" way of stressing how much you want it. And you'll also see even more emphatic forms such as I want it so very badly. Mar 11 '18 at 17:58
  • It's an expression: I want to learn English so (much it hurts) badly.
    – user70994
    Mar 11 '18 at 18:00
  • Note that adverbial idiomatic badly = a lot, greatly, very much only occurs with a few specific verbs. Offhand I can only think of need, want, miss - there will be others, but I think they'll all involve implied suffering caused by lack of something (such as the ability to speak/write English, in OP's case). Mar 11 '18 at 18:10
  • Thank you guys. (I don't know how to chage the line when I push "enter key or return key" my form is submitting. So I am sorry to make a flow ruinned.
    – Ted
    Mar 14 '18 at 15:45

Any dictionary would tell you that the adverb "badly" means "very much", especially when used with the verbs expressing desire (need, want, etc).

  • I need money really badly.
  • I want to learn English badly.

The usage is emphatic.


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