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    hard (of) listening

    Hi, Hello everyone.

    I would like to make my question formal and felt courteous.

    Are there any possibilities that the sentences below are correct?
    She is hard listening.
    She is hard of listening.

    Your guidance is my beacon of hope.
    Thank you very much indeed.

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    Re: hard (of) listening

    Do you mean "hard of hearing"? (Partially deaf?)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: hard (of) listening

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Do you mean "hard of hearing"? (Partially deaf?)
    Yes, but I do not know if the "of" after hard is optional?

    November 4, 2008 is already enshrined as a key date in American history.
    could you tell me why Nov 4, 2008 is essential date in America?
    Thank you.

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    Re: hard (of) listening

    The "of" is not optional. But note you had "listening" instead of "hearing"so I wasn't completely sure that you meant this.

    I have no idea. What is supposed to have happened on November 4, 2008? Was it an election day?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: hard (of) listening

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The "of" is not optional. But note you had "listening" instead of "hearing"so I wasn't completely sure that you meant this.

    I have no idea. What is supposed to have happened on November 4, 2008? Was it an election day?
    I also don't know; I just stumbled across it when looking up my dictionary.

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    Re: hard (of) listening

    Nov 4, 2008 was when the first "person of color" was elected president of the US. (Well, when the electors for Obama were selected by the people. The actual election takes place in December, if you consult your Constitution.)

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    Re: hard (of) listening

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The "of" is not optional. But note you had "listening" instead of "hearing"so I wasn't completely sure that you meant this.

    ...
    The only other -ing word I've met in the 'hard of ...' expression is 'hard of thinking'. It's informal and jocular. As 'hard of hearing' is a polite way of saying 'nearly deaf', 'hard of thinking' is an [ironically] 'polite' way of saying 'stupid'.

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    Re: hard (of) listening

    So it was election day? It's silly in my opinion to claim that that "date" is so important. Had they said "the 2008 presidential election" I would have been all over it. But since our election day moves around, the date itself is not very significant.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: hard (of) listening

    I may have to adopt "he's a bit hard of thinking" myself!
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