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    'almost' used with 'not'

    Could I ask native English teachers to tell me if these sentences are all right? Could 'not almost' and 'almost not' be replaced by 'hardly'? And what's the difference between 'not almost' and 'almost not'?

    All of these sentences come from British and American Corpuses except the last one.

    1. I'm almost not young.
    2. Johnson wrote almost not at all during the year of 1745.
    3. It would almost not worth me going on.
    4. He seems almost not to notice.

    5. We've had not almost two minutes of stoppage.
    6. This is not almost like child abuse.
    7. As we gunned across the lake, I realised I was not almost there. Actually I was half way and probably two more hours from finishing the trip.

    Thank you very much in advance.


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    Re: 'almost' used with 'not'

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Could I ask native English teachers to tell me if these sentences are all right? Could 'not almost' and 'almost not' be replaced by 'hardly'? And what's the difference between 'not almost' and 'almost not'?

    All of these sentences come from British and American Corpuses except the last one.

    1. I'm almost not young. colloquial and needs it context, but fine
    2. Johnson wrote almost not at all during the year of 1745.
    3. It would almost not worth me going on. something is missing: "It would be almost....
    4. He seems almost not to notice.

    5. We've had not almost two minutes of stoppage. awkward but colloquial
    6. This is not almost like child abuse. with a context of comparison
    7. As we gunned across the lake, I realised I was not almost there. Actually I was half way and probably two more hours from finishing the trip.

    Thank you very much in advance.
    They are all recognisable usages

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