hardly


hardly
01. They [hardly] ever go out; maybe once a month at most.
02. I [hardly] recognized you with your new haircut.
03. My daughter can [hardly] remember Quebec City because she was very little when we lived there.
04. Your father [hardly] slept at all last night because his back was hurting so much.
05. [Hardly] anybody I knew was at the party.
06. We were [hardly] off the plane when I remembered I had left my camera on the seat.
07. It's [hardly] worth fixing our car because it is really old and will probably just break down again soon anyway.
08. Our neighbors made so much noise last night that I [hardly] slept at all.
09. It seems [hardly] possible that no one was hurt in the plane crash.
10. I can [hardly] believe that that big guy is little Jeff. He's grown so much!
11. Plato once observed that he who is of calm and happy nature will [hardly] feel the pressure of age.
12. He was pretty tired in class today because he [hardly] slept at all last night.
13. The dog's collar is too tight; she can [hardly] breathe.
14. The cages for the animals are so small that they can [hardly] move around.
15. He was in no condition to drive after the party; he could [hardly] even stand up.
16. The victim was so frightened that she could [hardly] speak.
17. The party was a total disaster. [Hardly] anyone showed up, the stereo didn't work, and the food was terrible.
18. [Hardly] a day goes by that I don't think of my dear, departed wife.
19. Henry Brooks Adams once said that one friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are [hardly] possible.
20. Erich Fromm once suggested that there is [hardly] any activity which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.
21. My wife and I [hardly] ever go out now that we have a young baby.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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  • Hardly — Hard ly (h[aum]rd l[y^]), adv. [AS. heardlice. See {Hard}.] [1913 Webster] 1. In a hard or difficult manner; with difficulty. [1913 Webster] Recovering hardly what he lost before. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. Unwillingly; grudgingly. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hardly — (adv.) c.1200, in a hard manner, with great exertion or effort, from O.E. heardlic stern, severe, harsh; bold, warlike (see HARD (Cf. hard) + LY (Cf. ly) (2)). Hence assuredly, certainly (early 14c.). Main modern sense of barely, just (1540s)… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hardly — [härd′lē] adv. [ME hardliche < OE heardlice] 1. Now Rare a) with effort or difficulty b) severely; harshly 2. only just; barely; scarcely: often used ironically or politely to mean “not quite,” or “not at all” [hardly the person to ask] 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • hardly — [adv] scarcely; with difficulty almost inconceivably, almost not, barely, by a hair, by no means, comparatively, detectably, faintly, gradually, imperceptibly, infrequently, just, little, no more than, not a bit, not at all, not by much, not… …   New thesaurus

  • hardly — ► ADVERB 1) scarcely; barely. 2) only with great difficulty. 3) no or not (suggesting surprise at or disagreement with a statement) …   English terms dictionary

  • hardly — adverb 1 almost not: I hadn t seen him for years but he had hardly changed at all. | can/could hardly do sth: The children were so excited they could hardly speak. | I can hardly believe it. | hardly anyone/anything (=almost no one or almost… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • hardly */*/*/ — UK [ˈhɑː(r)dlɪ] / US [ˈhɑrdlɪ] adverb Summary: Hardly is a negative word and is often used with words like any and ever , but it should not be used with other negative words: We hardly ever do anything interesting. Hardly comes before the main… …   English dictionary

  • hardly — hard|ly W2S2 [ˈha:dli US ˈha:rdli] adv 1.) almost not ▪ My parents divorced when I was six, and I hardly knew my father. ▪ The children were so excited they could hardly speak. ▪ I can hardly believe it. ▪ Hardly anyone (=almost no one) writes to …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • hardly — hard|ly [ hardli ] adverb *** Hardly is a negative word and is often used with words like any and ever, but it should not be used with other negative words: We hardly ever do anything interesting. Hardly comes before the main verb of a sentence,… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hardly — [[t]hɑ͟ː(r)dli[/t]] ♦♦ 1) ADV BRD NEG: ADV before v, ADV group, oft ADV amount (emphasis) You use hardly to modify a statement when you want to emphasize that it is only a small amount or detail which makes it true, and that therefore it is best… …   English dictionary


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