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    Default have ones work cut out

    Ill have my work cut out for me to learn Spanish
    Ill have my work cut out for me learning Spanish

    Any difference between the above sentences?

    In terms of conceptual meaning, would "Ill have to struggle hard to learn Spanish" convey the same?

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    Default Re: have ones work cut out

    Both are in use and I don't feel a big difference in meaning - to learn is probably slightly more formal.

    Yes you are right with the meaning


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    Default Re: have ones work cut out

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    Ill have my work cut out for me to learn Spanish
    Ill have my work cut out for me learning Spanish

    Any difference between the above sentences?

    In terms of conceptual meaning, would "Ill have to struggle hard to learn Spanish" convey the same?
    Your last sentence is fine; it makes it clear.
    For the first two the following also gives the same impression:

    I'll have my work cut out to learn Spanish.
    ..................................learning........ ....

    The 'for me' is unnecessary and incorrect simply because you are the one speaking and there is no need to repeat that. Alternatively you could also say:
    For me, it will be hard to learn Spanish.

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