Almost no Vs hardly any

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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.


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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