barely (hardly/scarecely) enough

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akkii

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Japanese
The following sentence is in a Japanese dictionary. Does this mean that the bread is not enough? Does it make any difference if you say "scarcely enough" or "hardly enough" bread?

We have barely enough bread for breakfast.
 
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    English - England
    Assuming that I look in the cupboard first thing in the morning, and find only a small chunk of bread:

    "We have hardly enough bread for breakfast." sounds marginal to me: I don't believe I could produce this sentence. Ditto for "scarcely". "We have hardly enough bread for breakfast, let alone lunch" would sound OK to me in the right context. Ditto for "scarcely".
     
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