In the following sentence, is it redundant to write "or easy"? Would writing "how hard it is" be enough?
Based on the regional unemployment rate alone, the program cannot effectively determine how hard or easy it is for a worker to find new employment in a given region.
I am trying to use the word "hard" as a scale here. I was told that just writing "cannot determine how hard it is" could imply that the program CAN determine how easy it is for one to find work, but not how hard it is.
If I can in fact just write "how hard it is", then I could also probably write "how difficult it is".
Here is some context:
Region A: Unemployment rate 7% (it is assumed that it is not hard for workers to find a job in this region; so its easy)
Region B: Unemployment rate 9% (it is assumed that it is hard for workers to find a job in this region)
Region C: Unemployment rate 12% (it is assumed that it is extremely hard for workers to find a job in this region)
Many people object to writing "I am wondering whether or not I should ask her out". They prefer "I am wondering whether I should ask her out".