The word "barely" is an adverb similar to "not much." (This is a popular adverb.)
She can barely speak English.
(She can’t speak much English.)
In this sentence, "barely" modifies the verb "speak" and the modal verb "can." The opposite of the sentence above would be "She can speak English well."
Here are some more examples for the adverb, "barely."
Sometimes the word "barely" appears at the end of the sentence. This creates emphasis or it has a humorous effect:
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This page was first published on December 10, 2011. It was amended on December 26, 2014.