cough worse and worse


Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin

I read a passage called: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: A New Cancer Risk in Your Home.

Under the passage someone replied:
A few months ago my son....remodeled their kitchen. Part of the remodeling was to put in recessed lights overhead and to use CFLs in them. From that time on every time I went to their house and sat with them at the kitchen table I coughed the whole time I was in there... and from the time they remodeled I coughed worse and worse with each visit. Today they turned the lights off when I was in their kitchen. Guess what!! I didn’t cough.

I think "coughed worse and worse" doesn't sounds good, can I say "coughed more and more badly" ?

Thank you.
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    I don't like it either, but it isn't unusual for people to say this. I'd prefer "my cough got worse and worse" or "I coughed more and more".


    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I agree. "Worse" can sometimes be used as an adverb, but it was a poor choice in this case. Glasguensis's alternatives are much better.
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