HARDLY + inversion

Point 66 in ADVERBS/position is defined as:

‘HARDLY’ in front position followed by an inverted subject and verb, to give focus.

Point 88 in PAST/perfect simple is defined as:

invert the subject and affirmative auxiliary verb with ‘hardly … when’ to talk about something that happened immediately before something else, in formal contexts.

There are not many examples in iWeb for . Hardly _V _P _V

 

1 . HARDLY HAD HE DONE 6
2 . HARDLY HAD HE SPOKEN 4
3 . HARDLY HAD HE BEGUN 3
4 . HARDLY HAD HE PASSED 3
5 . HARDLY HAD HE LEFT 3

. Hardly _V * _V when

1 . HARDLY IS SHE ENTRANCED WHEN 1
2 . HARDLY HAVE THEY GONE WHEN 1
3 . HARDLY HAD THEY RISEN WHEN 1
4 . HARDLY HAD THEY FINISHED WHEN 1
5 . HARDLY HAD THEY ANCHORED WHEN 1
6 . HARDLY HAD HE SPOKEN WHEN 1
7 . HARDLY HAD HE LEFT WHEN 1


PELIC STUDENT: Azerbaijani,Female,5,g

Hardly had I left the house when I realized that I left my sunglasses at home.