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Mal mauvais

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(de) mauvais (résultats) : bad (results) adjectif
Mauvais is generally an adjective, and is placed next to nouns and state-of-being verbs (paraître, être, sembler, etc). It means "bad", "mean", "wrong": Il a de mauvais yeux (he has bad eyes), les résultats sont mauvais (the results are bad), ses notes semblent mauvaises (his marks seem poor).
(il travaille) mal : (he works) badly, poorly
Mal is generally an adverb, and is always placed after a verb. It means "badly", or "poorly": j’ai mal dormi (I slept poorly), il parle mal le russe (he speaks Russian badly).

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