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    #1

    It is difficult for me to do.

    Hello.

    One of my students wrote in her writing assignment:

    1. I visited my uncle in Hokkaido last year.
    2. I have to get on a train long time to go there. (I had a long train ride to get there./It took a long time to get there on the train.)
    3. I enjoyed skiing there with my family.
    4. It is difficult for me to do.
    5. But I thought I want to do again.

    #4 is grammatically acceptable, in my opinion, because the pronoun 'it' refers to 'skiing':
    "Skiing is difficult for me to do."

    However, I think it would be better in the past tense- she's writing about her past experience.
    "It was difficult for me to do."

    Am I correct?

    Thank you.

    (#5 is questionable. I'd like to ask a question about it later.)

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    #2

    Re: It is difficult for me to do.

    4. I found skiing difficult.
    5. But I think I'd like to do it again.

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    #3

    Re: It is difficult for me to do.

    #4 and #5 can be taken together.

    'It' probably refers to visiting the uncle in general - it took a long time to get there, last time, and probably takes a long time every time. However, she wants to do it again. So, the original #4 is correct; in #5, the first verb needs to be 'think'.

    Your version is also possible - she was writing about the last visit only, so #4 needs to be "It was dfficult for me to do". In that case. #5 could be either 'I thought (at the time) I wanted to do it again or "I think (now) I want to do it again".

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