As promised, I want to talk about the use of “hardly” today. As I said in my last post, hardly is NOT the adverb form of the adjective hard.

I study hard. (correct)

I study hardly. (WRONG)

Ironically, hardly commonly means rarely or almost never. It is often used with “ever.” (Notice that it comes before the verb.)

I hardly study. (I rarely study – the opposite of studying a lot!)

I hardly ever see my aunt.

The entry for hardly in the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary notes several other good points about the word, which are very clear, so I won’t repeat them here.

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