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LaPahl
Germany

Help needed!
 
Dear colleagues,

the same procedere as every year... I spend my time between Christmas and the New Year correcting loads of exam papers. Meanwhile I am a bit confused and need some help with a sentence taken from a comment about advertising for alcohohl:

"[...] I think that in our modern world many people think too bad of ads for alcohol. [...]"

It must be "to think about" but what about "think too bad"? - This sounds wrong to me. I suggest ┤have a negative opinion about┤ but why does it sound wrong? I think that "think too badly" is wrong either so what┤s your opinion?

Thanks a lot for your answers!

Sonja


29 Dec 2008      



cheezels
New Zealand

Maybe: I think that in our modern world many people think negatively about ads for alcohol.
Your suggestion also "have a  negative opinion about" is also good. :-)

29 Dec 2008     



Zora
Canada

"think badly" is correct too, but I┤d not use "think too badly".

Also if you aren┤t sure about something, I always suggest substituting the word in question.

Example in - [...] I think that in our modern world many people think too bad of ads for alcohol. [...]  change bad for "well" or "highly" -
[.] I think that in our modern world many people think too well of ads for alcohol. [..]"

[.] I think that in our modern world many people think too highly of ads for alcohol. [.]"

These are correct (with an opposite meaning of course.) In other words, you are looking for the adverbial form and not the adjective - which in this case is "bad", here you would need to be using "badly". 

BUT the other examples by cheezels and your idea are correct too and maybe a bit more natural sounding or less formal anyways! Smile
 

29 Dec 2008     



wolfy
Chile

yes "bad" is the incorrect word. áReplace it with badly or harshly or negatively and it sounds OK

29 Dec 2008     



LaPahl
Germany

Thanks a lot for your replies! They helped a lot!

Greetings from Germany
Sonja

29 Dec 2008