Hardly/Scarcely - Learn correct usage with rules, examples and exercises

Q.  Hardly had she (1) / seen her aunt (2) / than she stopped (3) / fighting. (4) / No Error (5)
- Published on 06 Jan 17

a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4
e. 5

ANSWER: 3
 
'Hardly' is always followed by 'when'.
'When' cannot be replaced by any other word.

Formula
Hardly/Scarcely +Had +Subject +1st Action +When +Subject +2nd Action
Hardlyhadheseen his motherwhenhestopped dancing.
Scarcelyhadheseen his unclewhenheran away.
'Hardly/Scarcely...when' is used to denote simultaneous action.

The correct sentence should be: Hardly had she seen her aunt when she stopped fighting.

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