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    Negative + nearly, almost and hardly

    Hi, my friend told me that sentence 1, 2 and 3 are not correct and that it's better to say 3, 4 or 5 but he doesn't know why. Can anyone exaplain this to me? Or, is he wrong?

    1. I couldn't understand hardly anything.
    2. I couldn't understand almost anything.
    3. I couldn't understand nearly anything.

    4. I could understand hardly anything.
    5. I could understand almost nothing.
    6. I could understand nearly nothing.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Negative + nearly, almost and hardly

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyaboutenglish View Post

    1. I couldn't understand hardly anything.


    4. I could understand hardly anything.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    1. The adverb "hardly" is considered a negative.

    2. According to the rules, modern English does not accept so-called double negatives.

    a. I could not understand hardly anything. (two negatives)

    b. I could understand hardly anything. ("Good" English)

    *****

    I know hardly anything about your country. = "Good" English.

    I don't know hardly anything about your country. = "Bad" English.

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    Re: Negative + nearly, almost and hardly

    "Barely" is also a "negative."

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    Re: Negative + nearly, almost and hardly

    So, can you tell me if "
    I couldn't understand almost anything." is correct?

    Thank for your help.

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    Re: Negative + nearly, almost and hardly

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyaboutenglish View Post
    So, can you tell me if "
    I couldn't understand almost anything." is correct?
    It's not natural. We would be more likely to say, 'I could understand hardly anything' or 'I could understand almost nothing'.

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    Re: Negative + nearly, almost and hardly

    THANK YOU!

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