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Adverb
By a very small degree or margin (if at all)
“Trying to be “less bad” is hardly motivational. You want to give employees something to strive for.”
Adverb
Not happening frequently
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“He's hardly in the office. He's always out there, working hard, solving cases for his department.”
Adverb
Only with great difficulty
“In the very early days when I was just hardly able to walk, Margaret would get a hold of me under one arm and Harry would be on the other side of me.”
Adverb
Almost certainly not
“I am hardly going to admit it here, especially if you will not then give me the pills with which to do it by, am I?”
Adverb
In a harsh or oppressive manner
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“Do you think it is no pain to me to deal hardly with you, Edmund?”
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With great endeavor or resolve
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“It was a hardly fought contest, but their skill would ultimately prevail over their opponents.”
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In a manner filled with grief or bitterness
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“He took the tragic incident really hardly and it drove him crazy.”
Adverb
To a smaller extent or degree
Adverb
Not noticeably, too small to be detected, too little to be perceived
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Adverb
Used to emphasize something surprising or extreme
Adverb
In an intangible manner
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To the exclusion of everyone or everything else
Adverb
Adverb for solid and resistant to pressure
“The glass would fall and shatter on the hard concrete floor.”
Adverb
Adverb for requiring a great deal of effort
“It's hard work trying to get a good photo of my children who won't sit still.”
Adverb
Adverb for forceful in nature
“The children delivered several hard blows to the pinata with their sticks.”
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Adverb for difficult to comprehend or decipher
“This crossword puzzle is too hard for me to solve.”
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Adverb for difficult to bear
“A recession was predicted, and the populace braced themselves for hard times to come.”
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Adverb for able to withstand hardship
“It was grueling work, but he was a hard man and nothing fazed him.”
Adverb
Adverb for unquestionable or indisputable
“We must rely on hard facts to reach a determination as opposed to the whims of those with vested interests.”
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Adverb for based on fact
“I will need some hard information on this matter, and not just something you made up.”
Adverb
Adverb for confronting or thought-provoking in nature
“His life was a mess, and it was time to ask himself some hard questions about the choices he had made.”
Adverb
Adverb for established and not subject to change
“These are the hard rules of the establishment that you must abide by.”
Adverb
Adverb for bitter or resentful in nature
“He still harbored hard feelings toward those who had wronged him in the past.”
Adverb
Adverb for unwavering from one's opinion or persuasion
“Despite evidence to the contrary, he refused to change his hard opinions on the matter.”
Adverb
(of liquor) Adverb for having an intoxicating nature
“I try to avoid drinking too much hard liquor as I do not enjoy being over-inebriated.”
Adverb
(of drugs or narcotics) Adverb for strong or potent in nature
“His life was ruined once he started using hard drugs.”
Adverb
(of the elements) Adverb for harsh and severe
“This year's winter has been particularly hard.”
Determiner
Used to indicate that something is quite the opposite of what is being specified
Interjection
Used to express refusal or disagreement
“That's hardly fair, as Google is a profitable advertising broker that makes real money, not funny money.”
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