In French, to express something hardly ever happens, you use ne ... guère.
Negative sentences with "ne ... guère" in French
These sentences use the negative expression ne... guère:
The negation ne... guère can either refer to a small quantity or a low frequency depending on context. Therefore it can mean the following: not much, not very, hardly, hardly ever.
It is quite an old-fashioned expression, rarely used nowadays, but you may find it in older novels or articles.
Guère can never be used on its own to express hardly/hardly ever.
Instead, you would use the expression à peine (hardly) or presque jamais (hardly ever):
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Examples and resources
- Quand lui rends-tu visite ? - Presque jamais, pour être honnête.- When do you visit him? - Hardly ever, to be honest.