Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Word Use: Hardly and Scarcely

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When do you use "hardly" and "scarcely?"

Hardly and 'scarcely are adverbs mostly used with past perfect to show something that happened in quick succession in the past.

Ex: Hardly had I come in the door, when Mariana arrived.

EX: Luisa had scarcely finished her meal when she received the call from Juanito.

Extra tip: Barely is also an adverb with similar use.

Ex: I had barely finished my work when my boss gave me another assignment.

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