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    It has never been easy being a single parent.

    Hello.
    My question is: are the sentences below correct and natural?

    1. It has never been easy being a single parent.
    2. Being a single parent has never been easy.
    3. It isn't easy being a single parent.
    4. Being a single parent isn't easy.
    5. It has never been easy to be a single parent.

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    #2

    Re: It has never been easy being a single parent.

    They all work for me.

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    #3

    Re: It has never been easy being a single parent.

    Same here, but 3 & 4 are not the same in meaning as the others as they only refer to the present.

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    #4

    Re: It has never been easy being a single parent.

    It isn't easy to be a single parent. <- Is it ok, too?

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    Re: It has never been easy being a single parent.

    Yes.

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    #6

    Re: It has never been easy being a single parent.

    Quote Originally Posted by kompstar View Post
    It isn't easy to be a single parent. <- Is it ok, too?
    It's OK, but what's the context? Choosing which form to use could depend on factors such as whether the person is a single parent or not, etc.

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    Re: It has never been easy being a single parent.

    The person is a single parent that means "It is a person who has a dependent child or dependent children and who is widowed, divorced, or unmarried".

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    Re: It has never been easy being a single parent.

    I know what a single parent is, but the speaker/writer might be one or not, and that is the kind of factor that might influence which form they used. Your sentences are correct, but they wouldn't necessarily fit every context in an identical manner.

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    #9

    Re: It has never been easy being a single parent.

    Unfortunatelly I don't quite understand. Maybe any example?

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    Re: It has never been easy being a single parent.

    In your sentences, the speaker/writer may be commenting on life in general, not necessarily on personal experience.

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