how to pronounce badly


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badly is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of badly in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… have you ever noticed how badly people …”

meanings of badly


  1. Very much; to a great degree.
  2. In a bad manner.


  1. Ill, unwell.

badly frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word badly occurs in english on average 26.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics badly can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that badly can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to badly


words that rhyme with badly


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