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    Is there any meaning difference between hard and difficult? Please explain.

    While I was talking to my colleague other day I said to her during our conversation "It is hard". She repeated that sentence to me by saying, "yes, your are right it is difficult". She is a native english speaker.

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    Re: hard/difficult

    Quote Originally Posted by jkl View Post
    Is there any meaning difference between hard and difficult? Please explain. In the sentences below, they both mean 'not easy'. The other common meaning of "hard" is 'not soft'.

    While I was talking to my colleague other day I said to her during our conversation "It is hard". She repeated that sentence to me by saying, "yes, your are right it is difficult". She is a native english speaker.
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    Re: hard/difficult

    'hard' : this suggests toil/work, demanding great physical or mental effort.
    'difficult' : An English assignment to write an essay might be particularly difficult, meaning that it not only requires effort, but skill. Where 'hard' suggests toil, 'difficult' emphasizes complexity.
    Hours of routine study, requiring concentrated mental effort, might be described as 'hard'. Just one maths problem you can't work out, and it could be described as 'difficult'.
    Last edited by David L.; 11-May-2008 at 05:50.

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    Re: hard/difficult

    Something is hard if:
    1. it is not easy to understand it,
    2. it is not easey to do it,
    3. it is not easy do expierence it or deal with it.


    Something/someone is difficult =needing skill or effort, or not friendly/not behaving well.

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