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Direction: In the following questions, a part of the sentence is printed in bold. Below are given alternatives to the bold part at (1), (2) and (3) which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative.In case no improvement is needed your answer is (4).

  1. He had hardly gone when his friend came.
    1. Hardly he had gone
    2. He had gone hardly
    3. Hardly had he gone
    4. No improvement
Correct Option: C

hardly (Adv.) : used for saying that something has just begun, happened, etc.
The sentence structure will be as follows :
Hardly (Adv.) + had he gone (Past Perfect Tense) + when his friend came.
Hence, Hardly had he gone is the right usage.

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