Use “hard” and “hardly” correctly

The Mistake: We English speakers in China often confuse the words ‘hard’ and ‘hardly’:

  • Gopi was working hardly all day.
  • It hardly rained yesterday.

‘Hard’ and ‘Hardly’ often have opposite meanings. Use them correctly.

The Correction: Speak more naturally and with confidence by using hardly(an adverb) to mean “almost not at all” and hard (an adjective or adverb) to mean “industrious”, “forceful”, or “difficult”:

  • Gopi was hardly working all day. (Gopi is lazy and didn’t do much work.)
  • Gopi was working hard all day. (Gopi is a good worker. He did a lot.)
  • It hardly rained yesterday. (It rained only a little yesterday.)
  • It rained hard yesterday. (It rained heavily yesterday.)

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