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Hi teachers ,

Please explain why OVER is used and what it means in the sentence below:

He is hardly to believe the word of a double agent over his personal friends.

Thanh you in advance
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TuongvanHi teachers ,

Please explain why OVER is used and what it means in the sentence below:

He is hardly to believe the word of a double agent over [that of] his personal friends.

Thanh you in advance
It is not a well-expressed sentence.

"He is hardly likely to prefer the word of a double agent to that of his personal friends"
"He is unlikely to believe a double agent"
"He is unlikely to take the word of a double agent over that of his personal friends"
Could it mean the same if we use on?!
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He is hardly to believe - is an incorrect structure. He "hardly" works means he rarely works.
The way your sentence was written is very murky.
to believe one person over another = believing one person in preference to believing another
to believe one person's word over another's (word) = believing what one person says in preference to believing what another person says.
When one thing is over another thing, it is higher in elevation.
Metaphorically, you are placing one belief over another belief. You are treating one belief as "higher" than another.
You cannot substitute on.
CJ
Hi all teachers ,

I'm very sorry for writing the wrong sentence that might cause confusion .The sentence should read as follows :

He is hardly likely to believe the word of a double agent over his personal friends.

Sorry again for the mistake made

Best regards
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>>>He is hardly likely to believe the word of a double agent over his personal friends<<<

hardly likely- is a ackward usage and it translates to "he is unlikely to believe....?" Is that what you meant?

If a reader has to ask many times what you meant, it is telling you the sentence is unclear of confusing, or it may even be incorrect in structure..
TuongvanHi all teachers ,
I'm very sorry for writing the wrong sentence that might cause confusion .The sentence should read as follows :

He is hardly likely to believe the word of a double agent over his personal friends.

Sorry again for the mistake made

Best regards
That makes much more sense.
Do the answers you have received clear up the "over" matter?
Hi teachers ,

" He is hardly likely to believe the word of a double agent over his personal friends" is taken from Advanced Collins Cobuild Dictionary . This sentence is used to illustrate the meaning of word (= message , news ).

So far I haven't understood the sentence exactly because I 'm not sure whether OVER modifies "double agent "or "the word". So please help me clarify it.

Thank you in advance
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