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GMAT Grammar Book: Negation – Part II

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GMAT Grammar Book: Negation – Part II [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2010, 15:41

Negation – Part II


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Hardly, Barely, Rarely, Seldom, Etc.



Remember that it is incorrect to use two negatives together in English grammar. This is called a double negative and is unacceptable. The words in the chart below have negative meaning therefore they must be used with a positive verb.

INCORRECT
There is hardly no bread left.
She doesn’t seldom sleep well.
CORRECT
There is hardly any bread left.
She seldom sleeps well.


hardly
barely
scarcely
means almost nothing, or almost not at all
rarely
seldom
hardly ever
means almost never


Martha hardly slept last night because of all the construction noise.
The kids barely arrived to the movie on time.
Anna scarcely thinks about her old boyfriend.
Our children rarely come to visit us these days.
Scott seldom gets headaches since taking the new medicine.
We hardly ever go bowling in the summer.




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