When something is solid, firm and difficult to break or bend.

Difficult to understand, do, experience or deal with; needing or using a lot of physical or mental effort 


Hard can be both an adjective and an adverb

Examples as an adjective:

  • Diamonds are extremely hard stones
  • The basketball trainer is very hard if you miss the rebound you have to do 20 push-ups
  • The ground is hard after last night's cold weather.
  • Diamonds are the hardest materials known to man.
  • Learning another language is hard.

Examples as adverbs:

  • Tom worked very hard to make his business profitable
  • The little boy held his father’s hand hard, he didn’t want to lose him



  • very little/few, almost none or not
  • very difficult, nearly impossible
  • rarely
  • absolutely not


  • I could hardly hear him speaking, he should have used a microphone
  • Mike had hardly walked through the front door when the phone rang



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