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    Hello everyone
    Could you tell me, what's the difference betweetn hardly/barely?
    For example:
    I could hardly hear it
    I could barely hear it

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    Default Re: hardly/barely

    Quote Originally Posted by Etern1ty View Post
    Hello everyone
    Could you tell me, what's the difference betweetn hardly/barely?
    For example:
    I could hardly hear it
    I could barely hear it

    Thanks
    In your example they mean the same, but there are situations where they are not interchangeable.
    Have a look at these links:
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...5982&dict=CALD
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/defi...yes-no-and-not

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    Default Re: hardly/barely

    This is how I see it:
    I could hardly hear it = with difficulty
    I could barely hear it = only just

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