BAD: I tried hardly to remember where I had parked the car.
GOOD: I tried hard to remember where I had parked the car.
BAD: It was raining hardly and we all got wet.
GOOD: It was raining hard and we all got wet.
BAD: Society shouldn't punish these people too hardly.
GOOD: Society shouldn't punish these people too hard/severely.
hardly = scarcely; almost not: 'It was hardly raining at all.' 'I could hardly believe my eyes.'
hard = (1) with a lot of effort: 'If you work hard, you're bound to pass.' (2) heavily or severely: 'The authorities are coming down hard on tax evasion.' Before a past participle, use severely for this meaning: 'If they are caught, they will be severely punished.'
BAD: It was so dark that we hardly could see.
GOOD: It was so dark that we could hardly see.
BAD: There were hardly no trees left, just bare rocky land.
GOOD: There were hardly any trees left, just bare rocky land.
BAD: When we arrived at the hotel, we couldn't hardly believe our eyes.
GOOD: When we arrived at the hotel, we could hardly believe our eyes.
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