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    Default Spanish speaking problem

    1. I have difficulties speaking Spanish.

    2. I have difficulties in speaking Spanish.

    Are both of the above sound good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loctas View Post
    1. I have difficulties speaking Spanish.

    2. I have difficulties in speaking Spanish.

    Do both of the above sound good?
    Both are OK.


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    Thanks RonBee

    What is the difference between 'difficulties in speaking' and 'difficulties speaking' ?

    Probably the preposition 'in' is an overkill here.

    I don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loctas View Post
    Thanks RonBee

    What is the difference between 'difficulties in speaking' and 'difficulties speaking' ?

    Probably the preposition 'in' is an overkill here.

    I don't know.
    The "in" isn't necessary. (No difference.)


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    Thanks RonBee again.

    If you have a single problem, you would say I have a difficulty.

    Let us say a computer is not working.
    1.I have a difficulty repairing the broken computer.
    2.I have a difficulty in repairing the broken computer.

    Both of the above are fine. You have taught me.

    Let us say 2 of your computers are not working.

    3.I have difficulties repairing the broken computers.
    4.I have difficulties in repairing the broken computers.

    Are the 3rd and 4th sentences fine too?

    I am not sure about the plural nature of the word difficulty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loctas View Post
    Thanks RonBee again.

    If you have a single problem, you would say I have a difficulty.

    Let us say a computer is not working.
    1.I have a difficulty repairing the broken computer.
    2.I have a difficulty in repairing the broken computer.

    Both of the above are fine. You have taught me.

    Let us say 2 of your computers are not working.

    3.I have difficulties repairing the broken computers.
    4.I have difficulties in repairing the broken computers.

    Are the 3rd and 4th sentences fine too?

    I am not sure about the plural nature of the word difficulty.
    Yes, they are alright, but they would sound more natural in the continuous present tense.
    3. I'm having difficulties repairing the broken computers".
    Your original example was something that you habitually have difficulty with, so in that case, the present simple tense was right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loctas View Post
    1. I have difficulties speaking Spanish.

    2. I have difficulties in speaking Spanish.

    Do both of the above sound good?
    Yes, they sound good. The first sentence is more common, I'd say.

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