Almost no Vs hardly any

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everyone,

I already know that the phrase "almost no" is synonymous with "hardly any", meaning "nearly not any, a very small amount - my definition". My question: Is the option "hardly any" more natural or more commonly used in the example I made below?

a. It was easy to lift the box. It took hardly any effort.

vs

b. It was easy to lift the box. It took almost no effort.

Additional context: The person above is saying that he lifted a heavy box and it was easy for him to do it. He didn't have to use much of his strength.

Thank you in advance!
 
  • SwissPete

    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    I think almost no is used more than hardly any, but there is almost no / hardly any difference between the two.
     
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