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Five ways to use hard

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Hello, everyone. I'm Sam from BBC Learning English and today we are looking at five ways to use the word hard.

As an adjective describing a thing, it can mean the opposite of soft. For example: Wood is hard.

The opposite of easy. For example: The exam was hard.

And it can mean something that involves effort: Running a marathon is hard.

As an adverb describing an action, it can mean to do something with energy, such as: She works hard.

Or to use force. For example: He hit the ball hard.

Just be careful not to confuse it with hardly because that has a different meaning.

So not too hard, is it?


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As an adjective, hard can mean: 

The opposite of soft:

  • Wood is hard.

The opposite of easy:

  • The exam was hard.

Something involving effort:

  • Running a marathon is hard.

As an adverb, hard can mean:

Doing something with energy:

  • She works hard.

To use force:

  • He hit the ball hard.

Hard is not the same as hardly!


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