I'm a student from south Korea. I'm learning English at school. Today, I took an English test at school. I've learned about

'It is ~ for ~ to ~'

sentence in school. And I marked

'It is not difficult helping others'

sentence to 'X' (wrong). But, my teacher changed the answer to 'O' (right). Is this sentence correct?

  • Can you explain what X and O mean? – Catija Dec 17 '18 at 6:05
  • I changed the formatting a little bit to make your question and context clearer (as we often request context). You can edit your post if you disagree or want to make more improvements. In English speaking regions, we use the check mark (✓) to mark something as correct. See Details, Please and the Contributor's Guide (Asking) for more tips and examples. – Em. Dec 17 '18 at 6:15

Not really.

To me, I'd prefer this:

  • It is not difficult to help others. (Similar to what you had learned)

Simply put, difficult here is an adjective that can be followed by a to-infinitive. In this case, you can only use the ing-verb if difficult is written in its noun form, difficulty.

  • There's no difficulty helping others.

  • There's no difficulty in helping others.

Use wisely!

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