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Do you native speakers percieve any semantic difference between 'die hard' and 'hardly die'? If you do, what is the difference?
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'Die hard' as a noun means a person who refuses to give in or surrender easily. As an adjective, it means refusing to give in or hanging in till the end.

‘Hardly die' is just an adverb and a verb strung together. It is not the same as ‘die hard’at all.
Buddhaheart'Die hard' as a noun means a person who refuses to give in or surrender easily. As an adjective, it means refusing to give in or hanging in till the end.
Really??Emotion: surprise It is not used as a verb??

I've found this sentence.

My father says old habits die hard; he can't quit smoking.

It seems that 'die hard' here is used as a verb ()
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You must have some pretty bad dictionaries if they show hardly and hard as being synonymous.
Marius HancuYou must have some pretty bad dictionaries if they show hardly and hard as being synonymous.
Fortunately, none of mine says they are synonymous. But quite unfortunately, they don't really explain the difference in detail...
Taka
Buddhaheart
'Die hard' as a noun means a person who refuses to give in or surrender easily. As an adjective, it means refusing to give in or hanging in till the end.

Really??Emotion: surprise It is not used as a verb??

I've found this sentence.

My father says old habits die hard; he can't quit smoking.

It seems that 'die hard' here is used as a verb ()
Yes, ‘die’ is a verb; but ‘die hard’ is NOT. ‘Hard’ is an adverb qualifying the verb ‘die’. What the quoted sentence means is old habits don’t go away easily or you can’t get rid of old habits easily. ‘Hard’ as an adverb here means ‘with difficulty’.
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Buddhaheart‘Hardly die' is just an adverb and a verb strung together.

BuddhaheartYes, ‘die’ is a verb...‘Hard’ as an adverb here means ‘with difficulty’.
Then, my question is, again, what exactly is the difference between 'to die hard' and 'hardly to die'??
Hi Taka

It is hardly possible that the expression 'hardly to die' would be used. Emotion: smile

In 'hardly to die' and in my sentence above, the meaning of 'hardly' would be 'scarcely' or 'not at all'.
YankeeHi Taka

It is hardly possible that the expression 'hardly to die' would be used. Emotion: smile

In 'hardly to die' and in my sentence above, the meaning of 'hardly' would be 'scarcely' or 'not at all'.

Well, the Die Hard guy doesn't seem to die at all in the movie.Emotion: smile
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