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But it is far enough away that early explorers had difficulty/difficulties finding it.

What should I choose completing the exam task? Are both plural and singular correct?

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Both are grammatically correct. Both plural and singular can be used.

The better way to say it would be:

But it is far enough away that early explorers had difficulties finding it.

This shows all the explorers faced different difficulties.

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    Although both are grammatical, I would prefer the plural, 'difficulties'. That suggests that different explorers had different difficulties, while the singular, 'difficulty', suggests (I guess less realistically) that all explorers had the same difficulty. Dec 23 '18 at 12:09

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