We have not seen the letter, so we can hardly comment on it.
It's hardly surprising his ideas didn't catch on.
The growth rate for 1980-89 was 2.2%. Hardly the stuff of economic miracles.
|Usage||hardly and hard|
|Hardly is not the adverb form of hard. Hard is used for both the adjective: The test was very hard. and the adverb: The staff worked hard. However, to say: 'The staff hardly worked'. means that they did not work hard. The adverbs hardly and hard mean just about the opposite of each other.|