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|Subject: Re: Wondering||Date: 9/28/2012 2:58 PM|
|Author: legalwordwarrior||Number: 12622 of 13915|
I think the issue here is that the adverb "barely" doesn't really have anything to do with being bare.
Hardly is considered an acceptable synonym for barely.
Just more vagaries of the English language, which is made up of so many contradictory rules, it's amazing that anyone not born as a native speaker ever manages to use it correctly.
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