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My nose is running. I am hard to breath through nose.

My nose is running. I have a difficulty breathing through nose.

Which is the correct adjective to describe that you have a runny nose.

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Both could be OK with some editing:

My nose is running. It is hard to breathe through my nose.
My nose is running. I have/am having difficulty breathing through my nose.

A possessive pronoun is usually used when describing someone's body parts.

As a note: Some people might use a difficulty, though I wouldn't.

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  • What can be the reasons that a possessive pronoun is usually used when describing someone's body parts? I just wonder why. :) Commented Nov 8, 2016 at 14:31
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In everyday conversation, I think I'd say it something like this:

My nose is running; it's hard for me to breathe through my nose.

or even:

My nose is running; I can't breathe through my nose.

(In the latter case, "I can't breathe" is being used to mean, "I'm having trouble with breathing" – it doesn't necessarily have the more literal meaning of being unable to breathe through my nose at all. English is tricky like that.)

Difficulty is a more formal word that; normally, I'd be less likely to use it except in a more formal context. For example, a doctor might ask a patient:

Are you having any difficulty breathing through your nose?

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For me, difficulty breathing and hard to breathe are too general to capture the just the sense of My nose is running. Instead, except perhaps in the most formal contexts, I would simply use runny.

My nose is running. I have a runny nose.

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  • ...Unless you wanted to emphasize that your runny nose was causing breathing problems.
    – J.R.
    Commented Nov 24, 2014 at 9:04

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