scarcely
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scarcely(
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (only just)
a. apenas
Edith had scarcely been in the shower for two minutes when the hot water stopped coming out.Edith llevaba apenas dos minutos en la ducha cuando dejó de salir agua caliente.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Scarcely any house in the area has a swimming pool.Casi ninguna casa de la zona tiene piscina.
We scarcely knew what to make of it.No sabíamos qué pensar.
2. (rarely)
a. apenas
She lives alone, and entire days go by with her scarcely talking to anyone.Vive sola y pasan días enteros en los que apenas habla con nadie.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I have scarcely ever seen her wearing no makeup.Rara vez la vi yo sin maquillaje.
We scarcely ever go to the beach these days because we're so busy.Casi nunca vamos a la playa estos días, porque es que estamos tan ocupados.
3. (not at all)
a. ni mucho menos
The painting in the hotel is scarcely what I would call art.El cuadro del hotel no es ni mucho menos lo que yo llamaría arte.
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scarcely
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a. apenas
she could scarcely speakapenas podía hablar
scarcely ever/any/anyonecasi nunca/ninguno/nadie
it is scarcely likely that…es muy improbable que…
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scarcely [ˈskɛəslɪ]
adverb
(barely) apenas
you can scarcely see it I scarcely know him
scarcely anybody casi nadie
I can scarcely believe it apenas puedo creerlo; casi no puedo creerlo
scarcely ever casi nunca
I scarcely know what to say no sé qué puedo decir
you can scarcely say no
he was scarcely more than a boy era apenas un niño
we could scarcely refuse ¿cómo podíamos negarnos?; difícilmente podíamos negarnos
it is scarcely surprising that ... no es ni mucho menos sorprendente que ...
you can scarcely expect to ...
he's scarcely what you'd call a cordon bleu chef no es precisamente un maestro de la cocina
the car had scarcely drawn to a halt when ... apenas se había parado el coche cuando ...
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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