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I read the sentence “Last Christmas I was poorly” and don’t understand why an adverb is used to describe a person instead of the adjective “poor”. Is it an exception?

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    Can you provide the excerpt from where you got that? I could be of use for people to correctly answer your question. – krobelusmeetsyndra Jul 31 at 14:40
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    If you look up poorly in the dictionary you will find it is also an adjective, meaning unwell. – Weather Vane Jul 31 at 14:42
  • It's not that much of an exception - a sickly child, an elderly relative, a deadly poison,... – FumbleFingers Jul 31 at 14:51
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    Not every adverb ends in "ly", not every word ending in "ly" is an adverb. – Peter Jennings Jul 31 at 15:49

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