I have a question about this sentence:

Some things end good, some things end bad

Could it be safely written in poetry or in the lyrics of a song? I know that there are the adverbs well and badly, but I also read that good and bad can be used as adverbs too in some cases, examples (taken from Google Translate):

My mother could never cook this good

He beat her up real bad

That said, could the above phrase still be considered correct in the context of a song?

Thank you very much for your attention!

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    Lyrics are poetry. Most rules are off because creativity takes the day. Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 14:21
  • These Ngrams at least hint at relative idiomaticities. The use of 'end' as a link verb is arguably non-standard. Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 14:25
  • Use 'turn out' or 'end up' if you can. As @YosefBaskin says, poetic license is the most significant thing... Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 15:07
  • Thank you guys! So, when someday you will hear a song with this line in the lyrics and someone will tell you "Oh, that line is not correct! Heresy!", please, tell them "Shut up! It's poetry. You didn't understand anything!" :) I will too :D Well, I guess the same goes for the line You and me could write a bad romance of the Lady Gaga's song "Bad Romance". Whereas it should be You and I could write a bad romance, because You and I refers to the subject, Gaga seemed to choose me instead for stylistic purpose (the sentence doesn't really sound good with You and I). Commented Aug 6, 2017 at 15:51
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    You can say anything you like in informal English. That's why it's called "informal". Commented Oct 30, 2023 at 0:12


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