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    hard of

    There were 22 students who were hard of hearing at NCC. Joan has worked with many of them.

    Is the underlined part a natural collocation, which means have difficulty hearing.

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    Re: hard of

    Yes, it's a very common phrase.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: hard of

    Note that it's a fixed phrase. You cannot, for example, be 'hard of seeing'.

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    Re: hard of

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Note that it's a fixed phrase. You cannot, for example, be 'hard of seeing'.
    Wait a minute. Maybe you're on to something.

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    Re: hard of

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Wait a minute. Maybe you're on to something.
    What do you mean by saying "you are on to something."?

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    Re: hard of

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Note that it's a fixed phrase. You cannot, for example, be 'hard of seeing'.
    Do you mean that this phrase is limited to "be hard of hearing"? Not used in any other situation?

    Thanks

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    Re: hard of

    Yes.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: hard of

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    What do you mean by saying "you are on to something."?
    I meant, in jest, that 5jj might have begun a new usage of "hard of......." as perhaps in "hard of seeing/smelling/tasting/feeling".


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    Re: hard of

    Hard of heart exists.

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    Re: hard of

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Hard of heart exists.
    True, but it's not very common. There are only two citations in the COCA, and one in the BNC.

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