Hardly does the boy take few chances

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I want to know exactly what the following sentence means.

  • Hardly does the boy take few chances to distinguish between what he does and who he is.
Please let me know if 'the boy' has many opportunities or few opportunities, or if the sentence means something else.

This is an option in the exam questions, so please let me know as soon as possible.

Thank you very much in advance for your reply.
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  • lingobingo

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    English - England
    That doesn’t work grammatically. And to be honest, the statement makes little or no sense anyway.

    You can say either that he takes few (not many) chances or that he hardly takes any chances (almost none).

    If you meant it in a positive way (he does take a small number), then you’d say “a few” chances (some, but not many).
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