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Bare is an adjective. If something is bare, it is not covered or decorated with anything.
If a part of the body is bare, it has no clothing.
Barely is an adverb. It has a totally different meaning from bare. You use barely to say that something is only just true or possible. For example, if you can barely do something, you can only just do it. If something is barely noticeable, you can only just notice it.
Don't use 'not' with barely. Don't say, for example, 'The temperature was not barely above freezing'. You say 'The temperature was barely above freezing'.
If you use an auxiliary verb or modal with barely, you put the auxiliary verb or modal first. You say, for example, 'He can barely read'. Don't say 'He barely can read'.
You can use barely to say that one thing happened immediately after another. For example, you can say 'We had barely started the meal when Jane arrived'.
You use when or before after barely. Don't use 'than'. Don't say, for example, 'We had barely started the meal than Jane arrived'.
|Adv.||1.||barely - only a very short time before; "they could barely hear the speaker"; "we hardly knew them"; "just missed being hit"; "had scarcely rung the bell when the door flew open"; "would have scarce arrived before she would have found some excuse to leave"- W.B.Yeats|
|2.||barely - in a sparse or scanty way; "a barely furnished room"|
he can barely read → apenas puede leer
he looked around him with barely concealed horror → miró a su alrededor disimulando apenas su horror
there was barely enough room for all of us → apenas había sitio para todos nosotros
there was barely anyone there → allí no había casi nadie
I had barely closed the door when the phone rang → apenas había cerrado la puerta cuando sonó el teléfono
barely[ˈbɛərli] adv (= hardly) [audible, visible, perceptible, concealed] → à peine; [see, hear, notice, remember, touch, stand] → à peine
I could barely hear what she was saying → J'entendais à peine ce qu'elle disait.
He was barely breathing → Il respirait à peine.
She was barely sixteen → Elle avait à peine seize ans.
barely half → à peine la moitié