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    Hardly at all

    What does hardly at all mean ?

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    Re: Hardly at all

    Context?

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    Re: Hardly at all

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    What does hardly at all mean ?
    Only slightly.
    Not enough to matter.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Re: Hardly at all

    Local administration in Italy today are hardly at all concerned about the preservation of national unity

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    Re: Hardly at all

    Quote Originally Posted by Volcano1985 View Post
    Local administration in Italy today are hardly at all concerned about the preservation of national unity
    "They are hardly concerned at all about ..." is probably more common.
    They aren't very concerned.
    They're barely concerned.
    They're hardly concerned.
    They are only minimally concerned.

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    Re: Hardly at all

    I don't know the grammatical reason, but "hardly at all" is poor English.

    They are hardly concerned.
    They are not at all concerned.
    They are not very concerned.

    I am not a teacher.

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