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    Hardly a wonder!

    Dear teachers,
    Could you tell me what the phrase 'hardly a wonder' means? Is it the same as "no wonder"?


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    Re: Hardly a wonder!

    Hello.

    "It is no wonder that ..."
    "It is hardly a wonder that ..."
    I don't think these two mean the same thing. "Hardly" means "almost not."


    "It is hardly a wonder that ..."
    "There is little wonder that ..."
    It's probably possible to use these two interchangebly.


    http://sudhan.wordpress.com/2009/04/06/capitalism-is-dead-long-live-capitalism/
    It is hardly a wonder that the conflict between a rampant imperialism thirsting to appropriate the oil wealth of Western Asia and the Middle East, and to secure land and sea routes for the purpose was until the other day to find it useful to pitch the contention as a “clash of civilizations.”

    http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1138701/index.htm
    There is little wonder that Seattle SuperSonic fans have taken a particular shine to their team this year.

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    Re: Hardly a wonder!

    Quote Originally Posted by cat's_eyes View Post
    Dear teachers,
    Could you tell me what the phrase 'hardly a wonder' means? Is it the same as "no wonder"?
    "hardly a wonder" means it's not a wonder, so it's the same as "no wonder".
    It's (hardly a wonder)(no wonder) that he failed the exam.


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    Re: Hardly a wonder!

    Is my statement correct?


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    Re: Hardly a wonder!

    Yes, but I think there would be no difference in translation. Thank you for an explanation. These slight differences are terrible:)

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    Re: Hardly a wonder!

    Thanks for the explanation.

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