wrong

wrong
wrong
like right, exists as an adverb alongside the regularly formed word wrongly. It is mostly used with a limited number of words and means roughly ‘incorrectly’, or ‘astray’, as in We guessed wrong and I said it wrong. In these cases wrongly can also be used, but the effect can be somewhat ponderous, and wrongly comes into its own in the more general meaning ‘in error’ or ‘in the wrong way’, especially when coming before rather than after an adjective or participle (= in error)

• It arrived at Heathrow as mishandled luggage, having been wrongly off-loaded in Rome from a flight from Australia to London —Daily Telegraph, 1972

• (= in the wrong way) The court was told the machine had been wrongly calibrated at the police station —news website, BrE 2003 [OEC].

Note that in the expression go wrong, wrong is probably not an adverb but still an adjective (agreeing with the subject as with become and other verbs).

Modern English usage. 2014.

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