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    joham is offline Key Member
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    could nearly, could hardly

    The sentence 'I could hardly stand' obviously means 'I did manage to stand'.

    1. He could nearly touch the ceiling. (Then did he touch it at all?)
    2. He could hardly touch the ceiling. (Then did he touch it at all?)

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: could nearly, could hardly

    Could hardly touch the ceiling - was only just able to touch the ceiling

    Could nearly touch the ceiling - was just not able to touch the ceiling.

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