I can hardly wait to cut the cake.
I can hardly wait for baby coming.

Is "can hardly" correctly used in the sentences above?

  • Yes. Completely correct – mplungjan May 9 '14 at 11:50
  • The second sentence '... wait for baby coming' doesn't seem right though. – Sam May 9 '14 at 12:20

The first sentence is correct, the second should be "I can hardly wait for the baby to come" -- of course "the" could be replaced by "our"/"my"/"your"/"my sister's" etc. as appropriate.

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I can hardly wait = I am extremely excited

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  • Not always. It can also mean "waiting for X would be impractical or impossible": I can hardly wait for Mr. Jones here to tell me who killed him, can I? – Stan Rogers May 9 '14 at 16:45
  • While it could technically be used that way, the first sense is so common and idiomatic that you would likely be misunderstood if you tried to say that. – Barmar May 10 '14 at 8:36

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