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    #1

    Post In Hard Times

    If someone is not doing well money-wise, do I write:

    "He is in hard times."

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    "He is on hard times."
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    Re: In Hard Times

    Welcome to Using English, maving. What a great thread title!

    The standard idiom is to fall on hard times so we'd say 'He's fallen on hard times'.

    We don't use 'to be on/in hard times'.

    Rover

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    Re: In Hard Times

    You could say "He's having a hard time financially".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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