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    tough and hard to chew?

    How long did you cook the beef? It's tough and hard to chew. It's like chewing a bubble gum.

    It's tough and hard to chew. Is this how you describe it?

    Do native speakers typically describe eating tough meat as It's like chewing a bubble gum?
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    Re: tough and hard to chew?

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    It's tough and hard to chew. Is this how you describe it?
    That's one way, yes. An old TV commercial for denture adhesive featured a man at a restaurant regretfully saying the opposite: "Better get me something soft, easy to chew. Like squash."

    Do native speakers typically describe eating tough meat as It's like chewing a bubble gum?
    No. Bubble gum is non-countable, so we wouldn't use an article. But with or without the article, we wouldn't say that. We might say It's like chewing shoe-leather.
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    Re: tough and hard to chew?

    "It's tough" means "It's hard to chew" in this context. You don't need to say it twice.

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    Re: tough and hard to chew?

    Bubble gum is easy to chew.

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    Re: tough and hard to chew?

    You could say something like "it's as tough as jerky" or "It's like a piece of jerky".
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    Re: tough and hard to chew?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Bubble gum is easy to chew.
    I guess bubble gum is easy to chew. But what I meant was it was not as easy to cut with my teeth, like bubble gum. I mean, it's elastic. And when you try to casually cut it with your teeth, it won't get cut unless you really make an effort. (I need help with the last phrase.)
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