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    Usage of the word hardly.

    Hi in this post I just wanted to verify whether the word hardly can be used to describe doing something with force as although I know the use is not common in this sense it can at times seem apposite. Therefore, all i want to know is that as Merriam Webster states in 1: with force :vigorously as one of its delineations of the term is at all possible to use the term in such a manner despite the confusion it may cause due to its other connotations and if so could you give an example.

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    Re: Usage of the word hardly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheikh_14 View Post
    Hi in this post I just wanted to verify whether the word hardly can be used to describe doing something with force as although I know the use is not common in this sense it can at times seem apposite. Therefore, all i want to know is that as Merriam Webster states in 1: with force :vigorously as one of its delineations of the term is at all possible to use the term in such a manner despite the confusion it may cause due to its other connotations and if so could you give an example.

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    It is not possible to use "hardly" in that way.

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    Re: Usage of the word hardly.

    In AmE, I have never heard "hardly" used in this manner. Yes, it's in the dictionary, but I would not use it.

    We would say someone or something was "working hard" not "working hardly."

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    Re: Usage of the word hardly.

    I was very surprised to see that definition in the dictionary. I have never heard it used that way.

    "He was working hard" is almost the exact opposite of "He was hardly working".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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