Recently, I was working on adjectives and adverbs with one of my students. Adjectives describe things/nouns and adverbs describe actions/verbs. Most adverbs are made up of an adjective+ly, but there are a few irregulars that don't take the LY, such as good, fast, hard (well, fast, hard). I should have emphasised the irregulars more, I guess.
At the end of class, I gave him an assignment for the next class to make up some sentences about the student and his work, using adverbs . The next week, the student said "I hardly work at my job." I said, "Really? Does your boss know this?" My student replied, "Yes, I tell him." At first my student didn't understand my smile. We discussed the irregulars again, then I told him that "hardly" meant scarcely or slightly, and I gave him some examples. We had a good laugh about "hardly working". This student does work hard. All of his other adverb sentences were great.
How about you - are you working hard, or hardly working this week?