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a. I had a difficulty to find a place to stay.

b. I had difficulty to find a place to stay.

c. I had a difficulty finding a place to stay.

d. I had difficulty finding a place to stay.

Which of the above sentences are grammatically correct?

Which are natural?

Do they mean the same?

I use (d) myself and think it is grammatical. I am not sure about the other ones. To me, (c) means that while I was finding a place to stay I encountered a difficulty. That doesn't mean the same as (d).

Many thanks.

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d) is indeed the form I would expect to hear.

"A difficulty" sounds unnatural. If you wanted to indicate there was one specific snag, then instead of "I had a difficulty" you would probably say instead "I had a problem".

"Difficulty to find" is definitely unnatural.

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