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    Hi, guys. In this sentence: "If that means barely moving through a full range of motion, or even missing the rep count altogether, that’s ok."

    The bolded part implies moving with great effort, difficulty etc, but actually moving through a full range of motion.
    The question is, can it also mean hardly moving at all, or moving through only a partial range of motion?
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    Default Re: Barely/hardly

    Quote Originally Posted by rihad View Post
    Hi, guys. In this sentence: "If that means barely moving through a full range of motion, or even missing the rep count altogether, that’s ok."

    The bolded part implies moving with great effort, difficulty etc, but actually moving through a full range of motion.
    The question is, can it also mean hardly moving at all, or moving through only a partial range of motion?
    Thanks.
    "Barely moving" is closer to "hardly moving at all" than to "moving only through a partial range of motion".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Barely/hardly

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Barely moving" is closer to "hardly moving at all" than to "moving only through a partial range of motion".
    emsr2d2, thanks. Are you a native speaker? Another native speaker thinks "barely moving through a full range of motion" still means moving through the full range of motion with great effort, because the "through" part changes the meaning of "barely".

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    Default Re: Barely/hardly

    Quote Originally Posted by rihad View Post
    Another native speaker thinks "barely moving through a full range of motion" still means moving through the full range of motion with great effort, because the "through" part changes the meaning of "barely".
    This other native speaker seems to have a strange idea. 'Through' does not change the meaning of 'barely'. If it did, it would also change the meaning of 'hardly'. As ems correctly said, "'Barely moving' is closer to 'hardly moving at all' than to 'moving only through a partial range of motion'".
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    Thanks for clarifying.

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    Default Re: Barely/hardly

    If it said "I barely managed to move through the whole range of motion" then I might be persuaded to think that the person successfully moved through the whole range of motion but found it incredibly difficult - they barely managed it but they managed it.

    And yes, I'm a native speaker. If you click on the words "Member Info" to the right of any user's picture, you will see a small amount of information, including their native language.
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