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What's difference between 'hardly' and 'rarely'? To the questions like, "How often do you go clothes shopping?" Should I answer as,"Rarely" or "Hardly"?

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  • "Rarely" or "hardly ever". Jan 18, 2016 at 16:16
  • or hardly every day (but rarely less than twice a week) Jan 18, 2016 at 18:24

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Hardly has a nuance of being difficult to do.

Rarely has a nuance of very isolated occurrences in time.

Seldom is possibly closer to what you want to convey in this sentence.

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You can use rarely in this context, but not hardly.

However, "rarely and " hardly ever" as frequency adverbs can be used in the sense of "not often". So these are interchangeable.

You can use rarely or hardly ever as follows:

How often do you go shopping for clothes? Rarely/Hardly ever.

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