I found this original post is quite similar to my question, but the first two replies contradicted each other. Could you please share your opinions on this?
I’m asking about the position of the adverb “hardly” in sentences. If the second sentence doesn’t have the same meaning as the first, what’s the difference?
1. I had hardly any money coming into house.
2. I hardly had any money coming into house.
Susan Boyle said the first sentence in her interview. I made the second. According to a grammar book “hardly” usually goes in mid position (the second sentence). Another grammar book says “hardly any = almost no” and it goes in end position (the first sentence). Can I conclude “hardly” and “hardly any” go in different position?
We normally put hardly in mid position between the subject and the main verb. But it can either modify the main verb or a noun/noun phrase.
In your first sentence, it modifies the main verb.
In your second sentence, it modifies the noun phrase.
She hardly had any sleep or She had hardly any sleep.
So we can put it directly before the main verb or the noun phrase.