PILOT- Learn Hard

Usage of hard/hardly

  „We do it in the hard way”-Die Hard



John McClane, the hard-headed NYPD cop goes on a Christmas vacation to visit his wife – Holly- at her workplace in Los Angeles. They decided to go their separate ways but they haven’t divorced yet and both of them took the break-up hard.
They go into a private bathroom and get into an argument. Holly comes down hard on him because John hardly ever visits his daughter.
When Holly leaves him alone to give a speech at the company’s Christmas party, a group of hard-boiled terrorists, led by Hans Gruber, take control of the building and hold everyone hostage.
Well, almost everyone… John –of course- was able to hide and now he has to figure out how to save the hostages. Actually, Gruber is using the hostage situation as a cover to steal 640 million dollars from the building.
John attempts to alert the local police by setting off the fire alarm, but this fails, and a bad guy immediately discovers him. John kills him and takes his radio, which he uses to contact the LAPD.
Gruber sends two more of his men to neutralize John but – again- he kills both of them.
While the robbers try to open the safe, John gives them a hard time…
He is so busy eliminating the enemies between explosions and heavy gunfire, that he hardly has time to breathe.
Luckily, he kills all the villains and saves -almost- all the hostages and everybody is happy – except the bad guys (and the dead FBI agents).
John and Holly have no hard feelings at the end because you all know: old relationships die hard.

Let’ see if you got everything….



‘Hard’ is both an adjective and an adverb:

The table is hard (= adjective, meaning ‘not soft’ or ‘difficult’).

She works hard (= adverb, meaning ‘with a lot of effort’).


‘Hardly’ is also an adverb, but it means ‘almost nothing’ or ‘almost none’:

She hardly works (= she does almost no work).

I have hardly any money (= I have almost no money).





Hard-boiled (person):
Not feeling or showing emotions such as affection or kindness, emotionally tough. A hard-boiled person behaves as if they have no emotions (always before noun).
/2. Hard-boiled egg. /

Stubborn, wilful.

Come down hard on someone:
To criticize or punish severely: She comes down hard on him for not visiting his daughter.

Take something hard:
To be very upset or depressed by something; difficult or painful to accept. E.g.: took the break-up hard.

No hard feelings:
No resentment or anger.

Give someone a hard time:
Annoy or harass someone.

Die hard:
If a habit, custom, or belief, dies hard, it takes a long time to change or end it (usually in present tenses).

Hardly ever:
Almost never. Also: rarely ever, scarcely ever.

Hardly have time to breathe and scarcely have time to breathe:
Fig: to be very busy.

Do it in the hard way:
To accomplish something in the most difficult manner, rather than by an easier way; by bad or difficult experiences; also, by one’s own efforts.

Hard up (for something):
Greatly in need of something, especially money.





New York City Police Department.

To go their separate ways:
To end a relationship; no longer living with one’s spouse; away or apart from someone.

They haven’t divorced yet:
Present perfect (have/has (not) + past participle). – We will cover it later.

Get into an argument:
To enter a quarrel with someone about someone or something.

Give a speech:
Another collocation for make a speech.

Take control of something:
To get the power and right to direct someone or something. Assume control.

Was (be) able to:
Specific ability. To have the necessary physical strength, mental power, skill, time, money, or opportunity to do something. – We will cover it later.

Have/has to:
To need to or be forced to; must.

Figure out something:
To solve or understand something

In fact or really.

Set off:
If somebody sets off something such as an alarm, it makes it start working.

It also means ‘to start a trip’.

Los Angeles Police Department.

Get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing.


Are you ready for a HARD test?


1. We do it in the.............

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2. John ………………… visits his daughter.

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3. Hans was given a ……………………. task.

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4. John was tired. He’d been fighting……………………..all day

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5. John can …………………….. concentrate.

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6. He took it very ……………………. when his wife left him last year.

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7. He’s been so busy that he ………………… has time to think.

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8. The police patrol sergeant no longer needs to work, but old habits ………….………., so he's on the streets all night.

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9. The film stars Alan Rickman as a …………………….. rogue.

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10. The deputy police chief is so ……………………. Once he's made up his mind about something, there's no way anyone can change it!

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And here is an even harder one:


NYPD means:

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To go their separate ................

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To.......... a speech

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Which one of the following means: 'To need to or be forced to; must'?

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Which one of the following means: 'To enter a quarrel with someone about someone or something.'

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Figure......... something

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Which one of the following is a synonym for: 'to start a trip'

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John and Holly have no .......... feelings at the end because you all know: old relationships ......... hard

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