LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||14/OUT/2011 3:18 PM|
The problem with "to speak bad" is that "bad" is a noun and what is needed is an adverb. We don't read bad, run bad, sing bad, walk bad, cook bad, etc. Right? Well, we don't if we follow grammar rules. On the other hand, "ill" can be an adverb, adjective, or noun. Looking at this from the other extreme, "falar bem" would be "to speak well".
"To speak ill" is somewhat formal. We could also say "to speak badly, poorly, etc." In informal English we hear "to bad mouth, talk trash, talk dirt, etc,"
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