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    #1

    The tourist who drank double distilled plum brandy

    I am wondering if my sentence sound natural. Is it correct to say "hardly managed" meaning with great difficulties? Double distilled plum brandy is very strong and made in the Balkans.

    The tourist who drank double distilled plum brandy suffered a heart attack. The doctors hardly managed to revive him .

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    Re: The tourist who drank double distilled plum brandy

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentence sound natural. Is it correct to say "hardly managed" meaning with great difficulties? Double distilled plum brandy is very strong and is made in the Balkans.

    The tourist who drank double-distilled plum brandy suffered a heart attack. The doctors hardly managed to revive him.
    No. Use "barely" or "scarcely" instead.

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    Re: The tourist who drank double distilled plum brandy

    teechar,
    Excuse me for asking again. I am just wondering about the sentence in my preamble. In my version I have omitted the second "is", while in your version you have added it. Is this second "is" really necessary?

    "Double-distilled plum brandy is very strong and is made in the Balkans."

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    Re: The tourist who drank double distilled plum brandy

    It could be omitted, but like teechar, I prefer its inclusion.

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    #5

    Re: The tourist who drank double distilled plum brandy

    I think, though am not sure, that twice-distilled is a more common term.

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