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    #1

    Post difficulty in/to

    Dear teachers

    Am I right with the following interpretation?

    I had difficulty [in] sitting the test.
    I had difficulty to sit the test.


    The first sentence is correct English and the preposition is optional, while the second sentence is wrong.

    Thank you for commenting.

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    Re: difficulty in/to

    I do know that the first sentence is true but I am not sure about the second one.
    I had never seen the second sentence in dictionaries before.
    I found the following sentence in Oxford dictionary :
    You cannot say "have difficulty to do sth":
    for example you cannot say "I had difficulty to persuade her to leave."
    (I am not a teacher.)
    Last edited by EnglishLearner1990; 29-Jul-2013 at 19:47.

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    #3

    Re: difficulty in/to

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers

    Am I right with the following interpretation?

    I had difficulty [in] sitting the test.
    I had difficulty to sit the test.


    The first sentence is correct English and the preposition is optional, while the second sentence is wrong.

    Thank you for commenting.
    That is correct.

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