Over the years, I’ve heard a common mistake made over and over again.
These students say:
“I have difficulty to understand movies in another language.”
However, in English, this expression isn’t correct. The correct way to say this is:
“I have difficulty understanding movies in another language.”
The -ing form of the verb comes after “I have difficulty…”
I want you to know that there’s an even BETTER way to say, “I have difficulty…”
You can say this instead: “I have a hard time…”
“I have a hard time understanding movies in English.”
“I have a hard time falling asleep at night.”
“I have a hard time staying motivated at work.”
The expression: “I have a hard time…” sounds extremely native and natural.
You can easily use this expression in the speaking section. For example, during Part 1, the examiner might ask:
“Do you like to read?”
You can say:
“Yes. I love reading at night to my kids. However, I’m not that great at reading really long books; I have a hard time remembering the characters’ names.”
It’s your turn: Write a sentence using the expression: “I have a hard time…” Type it in the comments below!