Questions about example sentences with, and the definition and usage of "Barely"

The meaning of "Barely" in various phrases and sentences

Q: What does barely mean?
A: It's a negative word that means "only a little".

I barely ate
= I only ate a little bit/I ate a very small amount

I barely slept
= I didn't sleep a lot, I slept only a little bit

I can barely understand this
= I understand a little bit, but I mostly don't understand.
Q: What does barely mean?
A: barely = almost nothing/ a very little amount
Ex. I barely have time to study.
Ex. I barely finished the race
Q: What does barely mean?
A: Barely = apenas

"I have barely enough food."
(Tengo apenas bastante comida.)
Q: What does barely ever mean?
A: not very much
Q: What does It's barely yet. mean?
A: That's not a correct expression. I think they mean "Not yet." or "It's barely autumn. I don't want it to snow yet!"

Example sentences using "Barely"

Q: Please show me example sentences with barely.
A: That barely helped me. / They barely did any work
Q: Please show me example sentences with barely .
A: ▪I barely have enough money to pay for dinner.
▪I barely made it here on time.
▪He barely knew anything for the test.
▪I could barely finish my meal. It was too much food.
▪The couch barely fit through the door.
▪The refrigerator barely fit in my truck.
▪I barely knew her.
▪The goalie barely missed the ball.
▪The basketball player just barely missed the basket.
▪I barely know any Japanese.
▪I can barely speak Chinese.
▪I can barely read Korean.
▪I can barely understand Spanish.
Q: Please show me example sentences with barely.
A: "He can jump 10 feet? That's barely credible."

"We were almost late, we barely made it in time."
Q: Please show me example sentences with barely.
A: I barely survived that fall.

There's barely any cheese on this pizza!

We have just barely enough food to serve everyone.

I can barely remember anything from last night.

I barely know anyone at this party.

Synonyms of "Barely" and their differences

Q: What is the difference between barely and seldom ?
A: “Barely” has a spatial sense, of closeness: a very thin space being left or affected. It doesn’t mean “almost,” so much as “almost not.” “She was barely 120 cm tall” means, not that she was 119.5, but that she was 120.05 cm tall. “The jumper barely cleared the bar” doesn’t mean that the jumper almost did but failed; instead it means that the jumper almost did not clear it, but succeeded—just barely. That sense of closeness can be applied to time: we barely made the train means we did make it, but with only seconds to spare. (We almost made our train means we failed, and will need to catch the next one.).

“Seldom” has nothing to do with closeness or thinness of anything; it simply means “not often,” infrequently, only some small proportion of the time.
Q: What is the difference between barely and almost ?
A: almost = nearly
barely = hardly; not almost
They're actually kind of opposites.

Examples:
"I've almost finished my homework!" This means you're close to finishing your homework. On the other hand, it doesn't make as much sense to say "I've barely finished my homework," to express the same meaning.

"I've barely started my homework..." This means you've only done a little bit of homework. It sounds unnatural to say "I've almost started my homework..."

A: Are you almost here?
B: Barely... I haven't even left the house yet.

"I almost always eat out."

"I barely ever eat out."

"I was so happy, I almost cried!"

"I barely ever cry... The last time I cried was 5 years ago."
Q: What is the difference between barely and rarely ?
A: Barely is saying you almost couldn’t be able to do something, but in the end, did, as in ‘I barely made it in time for work.’
Barely could also referring to low quantity of an item as in ‘There was barely any bread left in the bag’

Rarely is referring to time. It means for an event not to happen often or to happen infrequently as in ‘We rarely go outside in the winter’
Q: What is the difference between barely and hardly ?
A: I think they're basically the same but barely is used more often.
Q: What is the difference between barely and merely ?
A: Barely means: Almost not.
Example: She barely understood. Which means, she almost did not understood anything, but did understand a little bit.

Another example: She barely ran away. Which means, she almost wasn't able to run away, but she did.

Merely means: Only, or just.
Example: She's merely a friend to him. Which means, she's ONLY a friend to him and nothing more.

I hope that helped ;-;.

Translations of "Barely"

Q: How do you say this in English (US)? i barely got on the subway
A: I barely got on the subway
Q: How do you say this in English (US)? barely
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Q: How do you say this in English (US)? barely
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Other questions about "Barely"

Q: Please show me how to pronounce barely.
A: The English r is very difficult.
Q: Please show me how to pronounce barely, sincerely, naturally.
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Q: i barely can see your face does this sound natural?
A: I can barely see your face
Q: i barely can speak does this sound natural?
A: I can barely speak is better
Q: i barely can afford my rent does this sound natural?
A: @takasama: I can barely afford my rent is better

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