These sentences use the negative expression ne... guère (hardly):
Il n'y avait guère de nourriture en ce temps-là.There wasn't much food in those times.
Je n'ai guère le temps.I hardly have time.
Il n'est guère patient.He isn't very patient.
Nous ne nous en soucions guère.We hardly worry about it.
Note that the negation ne... guère means not much / not very or hardly depending on context.
It is quite an old-fashioned expression, rarely used nowadays, but you could find it in older novels or articles.
As with other negative expressions, the verb is placed between ne and guère.
Guère can never be used on its own to express hardly.
Instead, you would use the expression à peine:
Sais-tu nager ? - À peine.Can you swim? - Hardly.
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