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 Post subject: the difference between 2 phrases
PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:11 am 
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Dear all,
I hope you'r all fine.

I am little bit confused when I've learnt below two phrases. Anyone can explain the difference (meaning and usage) between below phrases?

1. I am having a hard time+ verb+ing
2. It's hard for me to +verb


Thank you so much for your kind efforts in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: the difference between 2 phrases
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:53 pm 
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Hi,

These two sentences are a little different. I will try to explain.

I am having a hard time+ verb+ing

"I am having a hard time sleeping."
"I am having a hard time with my homework."

In both of these sentences, the action is something you are trying to do, but it is not going well. You are trying to sleep, but you cannot sleep. You are trying to do your homework, but you are not making progress. You use this phrase when you are doing something, but you are not succeeding for some reason.

It's hard for me to +verb

"It's hard for me to sleep."
"It's hard for me to do my homework at night."

In these sentences, you are not doing the action, but simply making a statement that you have difficulty doing these actions. You are not currently doing it, but you know it is hard for you so you can make a general statement.

The main difference is the word "having." It makes the sentence present continuous. This means that the action is currently happening. The second set of sentences are simple present. Although the name is simple present, it does not mean it is presently happening. You can make a general statement in a simple present form.

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