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    Hello!

    I am an English teacher who teaches Korean students.

    I gave an English question to my students as one of the final exam questions.

    I asked them to rewrite the sentence, 'You may find hard to accept your illness' into a

    grammatically right sentence. Of course, the answer is 'You may find it hard to accept

    your illness.' But I found an anwer of my students, such as 'You may find it is hard to

    accept your illness.' I think this sentence is grammatically not wrong, but 'You may find it

    hard to accept your illness' is a better anwer. Not knowing what to do with this answer,

    I am asking for help. Should I admit 'You may find it is hard to accept your illness' as

    a correct answer. If I can't find a particular reason why it is gramatically wrong, I think

    I should admit it as a correct answer. So, tell me what you would do if you were in my

    shoes.



    I'd appreciate if you could respond quickly. Thank you very much!!!

    From confused.

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    Default Re: an English language problem

    I'd mark it correct and suggest in feedback that your version is more common. I would always say that if a student can come up with a correct answer, even if not the one desired, then they should get the mark.

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    Default Re: an English language problem

    Additionally, the student read "it" as a subject, and the reason "is" was provided:

    You may find (that) it is hard to accept your illness.

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    Thanks for your advice.
    I'm really glad to find this site.
    I think I'll find myself interested in reading posts in this site once in a while.

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    Welcome!

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    Default Re: an English language problem

    You might also consider: "You may find your illness hard to accept," or "Your illness, you may find, is hard to accept." If I think about it, I may find two or three more ways of saying the exact same thing.

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    Mike

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