How to use the word 'hardly'


  • Hardly is an adverb and it has a negative meaning

It usually means not much or that something almost didn't happen

  • We often use it with the present perfect tense.

"I’ve hardly seen Mary in the last month."

(This means that you haven’t seen her much - maybe once or twice)

  • We also use it with the word any

"I’ve hardly done any work today"

(This means that I haven’t done much work).

  • We can use it with can or could

"I can hardly keep my eyes open"


Now try the exercise.....

  • Rephrase the second sentence so that it means the same as the first.

  • Use the word HARDLY in every sentence.

  • You can use more than one word in each gap.