What is the difference between:

Having a hard time "verb-ing" vs
Having a hard time to "verb"

For example:

I'm having a hard time explaining vs
I'm having a hard time to explain


The difference is that the first form is correct. There's no general rule, the required form depends on the context. For instance, these ARE correct:

It was hard to explain

I found it hard to explain

I had difficulty explaining it

I did not know how to explain it

Explaining it was hard

The form used doesn't depend on the verb itself, only on the context. For instance, it's also correct to say

Describing it was hard.

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  • When I search on google ""I'm having a hard time to"", I find 3M of results with the second form I said, so I don't understand when it is correct to use that? – Jirei Jun 25 '18 at 15:22
  • @Jirei: If you want to go by the numbers, "I am having a hard time to explain" has 8 hits including this question. "I am having a hard time explaining" has 12000 hits. – MSalters Jun 25 '18 at 15:37
  • @Jirei - Next time you've done some research like that, you should include that in your original question. Folks here appreciate that kind of research is done ahead of time, and you're more likely to get more upvotes. – J.R. Jun 25 '18 at 16:15

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