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Hardly doesn’t mean Hard

Hardly is not the adverb of Hard. Hardly and Hard are different.

There are hardly any people in the stadium.

There were hardly any people in the stadium. So, it was not hard to find an empty seat.

Hardly means very little, almost none.
Hard means difficult.

• How much money have we got? Hardly any. (Very little, almost none)
• The test was very hard.
(Difficult)
• I need to go to the shops, there is hardly anything in the cupboard.
• It was very hard for me to sleep last night.

Remember: Hardly and Hard are different.
  • Exercise 1

    Remember: Hardly and Hard are different.

    Are the following sentences true or false?

    Remember: Hardly and Hard are different.

    Are the following sentences true or false?

    Exercise 2

    Remember: Hardly and Hard are different.

    Use hard or hardly to complete each sentence.

    Remember: Hardly and Hard are different.

    Use hard or hardly to complete each sentence.

    Exercise 3

    Use hard or hardly  to complete each sentence.

    Use hard or hardly  to complete each sentence.

  • Remember: Hardly and Hard are different.

    It is hard to get this printer to work. Hardly anything works in this office.