05 April 2021
Are you working hard or hardly working? The words "hard" and "hardly" are adverbs (answering the question how? in what manner?), And it seems that they are so similar, but at the same time have completely different meanings. Words like these usually confuse us, unfortunate non-native speakers, and do not allow us to correctly understand the meaning of this or that sentence. Therefore, today we will consider the TOP-10 of such adverbs and understand the difference between their meanings. Let’s make it clear!
In some cases, the meanings of words are interrelated, which is a definite bonus for us when memorizing, for example:
During our last trip we were flying high above the ground on the helicopter.
Your students must be highly motivated to study when you tell them such nice stories about your trips.
After our visit to the market, we packed our things tight.
It was a good idea, but I felt terrible cause we were tightly packed in the excursion bus.
But in most cases, such adverbs have opposite or unrelated meanings, for example:
I really worked hard to get enough money. However, I hardly got any work done with all the noise.
Your sister came right after the breakfast. – I rightly guessed that she wouldn’t appear till 10 o’clock.
2020 started well but then it all went wrong. I was going on a trip, but I was wrongly informed about my flight – it was cancelled!
I hate it when people arrive late to the meeting. – Me too. What have you been doing lately?
7. fine – finely
You’re doing really fine on your job! – This project is so hard so I need to finely detail the contract with our new foreign partners.
Will you join the online-conference tomorrow? – Sure, and you? – Me too. But I won’t join the chat. The last time our colleague sent a lot of weird jokes there. Surely it was a bad idea.
9. Most- mostly
During the conference I was thinking, what I liked most about my job. I miss my work in Japan, cause I mostly talked to successful businessmen.
Your clothes are getting wide! – That’s because I’m on my new diet. I want to lose another kilo to look perfect at the beach. Our last trip was amazing. I am lucky enough to have widely travelled throughout Asia some years ago.
We wish you good luck in studying adverbs – boost your English every day!
Author: Yana Kozyr
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