If I change this to [2]. I could hardly speak any English when I was young. (comparative degree) B. Hardly had I finished dinner when the phone rang.>> I had hardly finished dinner when the phone rang. We only use inversion when the adverb modifies the whole phrase and not when it modifies the noun: Hardly anyone passed the exam. Hardly the bell had rung when Matthew started running out of his classroom. (No inversion.) I.Hardly had the train left the station when I reached the station.J.Hardly had the students gone out of the school when the rain started.K.Hardly had we completed our work when they assigned us a new job.vaghela_manisha13@yahoo.com BY:MANISHA VAGHELA 12 13. Scarcely had the meeting begun when the protesters rushed to the platform. I hardly can believe it. 2. As you can see, the examples above are very similar to the examples with 'hardly'. This is quite formal: Normal conditional: If I had been there, this problem wouldn't have happened. Note : The above sentence contains two clauses. I guess the construction is correct. ( interrogative style with past perfect form ) III After writing as mentioned above, the second sentence or second part of the sentence is to be written after writing ‘When’. 'Hardly had [something happened]' is an expression of time, but not comparison, indicating the moment after the event. Therefore these two naturally go together: (b) 'Hardly had I arrived when it started to rain'. 3. 2: We can use inversion instead of 'if' in conditionals with 'had' 'were' and 'should'. I had hardly … www.use-in-a-sentence.com English words and Examples of Usage Example Sentences for "hardly" I hardly recognized you with your new haircutThey hardly ever go out; maybe once a month at most. Each of these paired expressions makes sense as shown here, but not if their elements are mixed up. In this structure, we use the normal word order. [3]. : Motivation hardly seems necessary for a World Cup final but for them there is an added incentive. Hardly had I closed my eyes when the telephone rang. I hardly recognized you with your new haircut. Your sentence is OK, and the word order is fine. I had scarcely solved one problem when another popped up. John's logic here is hardly unassailable, and the lass promptly puts him in his place by taking up with a married middle-aged bank manager. (positive degree) He is not stronger than me. Hardly (adverb) Hardly means only just, almost not possible or almost not at all. Scarcely/hardly had I thought of having ice cream…. Scarcely had I reached the station when the train steamed out. Eg: Scarcely/hardly had I reached the railway station when the train arrived. Examples: Hardly had I reached the station when the train left. Hardly, scarcely and barely are negative words and should not be used with not or other negatives: I can’t hardly believe it. 2. I could hardly hear what she was saying. Both are correct and are used under difference contexts. C. Hardly had the meeting begun when the protesters rushed to the platform. My daughter can hardly remember Quebec City because she was very little when we lived there. When Matthew started running out of his classroom, the bell had hardly rung. We had scarcely arrived at the cinema when the film started. Hardly. It emphasizes the near interruption of your dinner. "Hardly" is an adverb, and is most natural when placed before the verb. I hardly know her. Interchange of the Degrees of Comparison Positive Comparative: Examples: A. I am as strong as him. You can also use hardly, scarcely and barely to say that one thing happens immediately after another: We had hardly/ scarcely/ barely sat … Hardly had the bell rung when Matthew started running out of his classroom. Sacking the coach was scarcely the best decision to take. : Connor, resplendent in blue overcoat and black flat cap, hardly stood still. 1. In face, you can substitute 'scarcely' for 'hardly' in all of the above examples… Scarcely and hardly can come after the subject. I've got hardly any money left. Hardly do I know about her.>> I hardly know her.