guère

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French gaire, from Frankish *waigaro (a lot).

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Adverb[edit]

guère

  1. hardly, barely
    Pour me réchauffer, il n'y a guère qu’un pot de thé
    To warm myself up, the only thing is a pot of tea
    Je ne vais guère mieux.
    I’m not much better.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Guère is used with ne as a negative construction; its etymological meaning is ‘not....very much’. As such, you do not use it with a negative preposition; not 'il n'y a guère' but 'il y a guère.'

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