A: It’s funny how old objects carry certain meanings. I passed a junk store in Tainan some time ago. There was a lot of old, random stuff stacked outside.
B: Were they selling it? Are you sure somebody hadn’t just dumped a lot of unwanted possessions on the sidewalk?
A: It was difficult to tell. I remember there was a portrait of an elderly gentleman. That might have meant something to somebody, but it was hardly a work of art. Why would anyone buy a portrait of a stranger?
Photo: Paul Cooper, Taipei Times 照片：台北時報古德謙
B: I think I guessed right. It must have been somebody’s discarded belongings.
A: And there was an old bicycle with flat tires and the chain hanging off. I suppose you could buy that and repair it as a kind of personal project.
A: 那邊還有一輛輪胎沒氣、鉸鏈掉下來的腳踏車。我想你可以把它買下來、修理一下，把它當做 自己的一項工程。
（Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱譯）
Contrary to what some seem to believe, “hardly” is not used as an adverb of “hard.” Instead, it is used to say that something is true only to an insignificant degree, for example, “I hardly knew him.”
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