I said The year starts badly, which is wrong, do you say "o ano começa mal" for that to be correct?
i said the bad year starts, i realize this is a section on adverbs but how do you say bad year? the adj comes after correct? could you say o ano appena começa?
what does mal mean==badly or barely these are two very different meanings
There may be an explanation that goes back to the root of the words, but it's just as likely there is not. Portuguese is no different to English in that some words with the same spelling have one or more different meanings. English of course has hundreds of them. One of the most often cited is 'bow' as it has many meanings and also different pronunciations.