I looked up the adverb “hardly” in a dictionary and there was a sentence as an example:
“The play was so boring, I could hardly keep myself from falling asleep.”
In the above sentence, “hardly” means “almost not”, based on the dictionary. Yet in my grammar textbook it is stated that some adverbs which come in the middle of sentence, usually come between the auxiliary verb and the main verb, if we have an auxiliary verb. For example:
"You've always been very kind to me."
I wondered if it is possible to paraphrase the sentence as follows:
“The play was so boring, I couldn’t almost keep myself from falling asleep.”
I think the later sentence is wrong grammatically, but I don’t know why. Is the later sentence correct? If not, why?