1. You're not afraid that your employees will find it hard to trust you?

  2. You're not afraid that your employees will have a hard time trusting you?

I'm curious whether both sentences are perfectly natural and mean the same thing.

  • They are different.
    – boscoche
    Jul 20, 2021 at 1:21
  • They have identical meanings to me. @Leesiyoung, can you explain how they're different in meaning? I think "to find it hard to <do>" means the same as "to have a hard time <doing> it".
    – gotube
    Jul 20, 2021 at 1:26
  • @gotube “have a hard time mean” already experienced, but 'find it hard" mean that employee find it hard to trust.
    – boscoche
    Jul 20, 2021 at 1:38
  • They mean exactly the same thing, but they are wordy. A native speaker would opt for something shorter, like, "Aren't you afraid that they won't trust you?" Jul 20, 2021 at 1:40
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    @gotube Really? I though that it was different, But after read you sentence I can know it is same. Thank you!
    – boscoche
    Jul 20, 2021 at 1:45

1 Answer 1


Have a hard time means to experience difficulty doing something. In the example, the employees will experience difficulty trusting you.

Finding something hard means the exact same thing, using the 10th meaning of hard (difficult). In the example, the employees will find that it is difficult to trust you.

So I'm both finding it hard to see and having a hard time seeing a difference between the two phrases :-)

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