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    hardship vs hardness

    Would you please tell me the differences between "hardship" and "hardness"?
    And please give me some example to know how to use these words.

    Thanks

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    Re: hardship vs hardness

    Quote Originally Posted by lucalita009 View Post
    Would you please tell me the differences between "hardship" and "hardness"?
    And please give me some example to know how to use these words.

    Thanks
    Hardness is a quality - the quality of being hard: 'The Moh scale lists the relative hardness of different materials, from talc to diamond.'

    Hardship is the fact of something being hard to bear: 'Throughout his epic voyage he had to put up with many hardships, from frostbite to near-starvation.''

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    Re: hardship vs hardness

    Quote Originally Posted by lucalita009 View Post
    Would you please tell me the differences between "hardship" and "hardness"?
    And please give me some example to know how to use these words.

    Thanks
    In addition to Bob's reply.
    Hard also means difficult, as well as physically tough.
    "The hardness of these questions is causing me some hardship".

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    Re: hardship vs hardness

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    In addition to Bob's reply.
    Hard also means difficult, as well as physically tough.
    "The hardness of these questions is causing me some hardship".
    Thank BobK and Raymott so much.

    By the way, should we add "s" here??
    hardship ---> hardships

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    Re: hardship vs hardness

    Quote Originally Posted by lucalita009 View Post
    hardship ---> hardships
    Should we add "s" here??
    You can, but it's not necessary. For example:
    ... causing me some difficulty/some worry = ... causing me some difficulties/some worries
    This happens occasionally when a noun can be either countable or uncountable, and they are used in a similar way.

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    Re: hardship vs hardness

    Oh yes. I have just remembered that some can be followed by an uncountable noun.

    Thanks for reminding me

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