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Task A is hard, task B is not that hard, what can I say? Task B is simpler (easier)?

Because I am afraid it may imply that Task A is simple(easy) but task B is simpler(easier)!!

However, these systems are mainly designed to extract structured data such as a product or a service information from complex web pages. For a simpler task such as extracting the main article from a news website, the features they provide can be excessive.

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    How about a different perspective: "For a less difficult task..."?
    – JMB
    Aug 24, 2015 at 12:47
  • Are you worried that by saying "Task B is simpler than Task A" you will imply that Task A is simple?
    – David K
    Aug 24, 2015 at 13:29
  • @DavidK yeah....
    – Ahmad
    Aug 24, 2015 at 13:38
  • I feel your wording says exactly what you meant it to. I would not change it. @DavidK 's answer sums up why you did it correctly.
    – Dan
    Aug 24, 2015 at 17:48

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Based on your comment, it sounds like your main concern is that by saying "Task B is simpler than Task A" you will imply that Task A is simple, when it is not.

If you had just gotten done explaining to me how A is complex, then I would not make that conclusion. You have just given me a baseline understanding of how complex Task A is. When you tell me that Task B is simpler or easier, it should not change my perception of Task A. I simply have a reference point to compare to.

However, if you did want to say that Task B is simpler than Task A, which is also simple, I would instead say,

Task B is even simpler than Task A.

This says to me that Task A is simple, but Task B is even more so.

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The first thing that comes to my mind as the opposite of hard meaning "difficult" is easy. Easily is the adverb form as @Victor Bazarov says. (Be careful - hardly is not an adverb form of hard)

Simple, and its opposite, complex, can refer to the complexity of something - a complex task is usually harder than a simple task, but things other than tasks can be simple/complex. Whereas easy/hard usually only refers to tasks or processes.

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  • Good, but the question still remains, Hard and easier? I think as @JMB said, it should be "less difficult"
    – Ahmad
    Aug 24, 2015 at 13:17
  • Sorry, can I say For a simpler task such as extracting the main article on a news website
    – Ahmad
    Aug 24, 2015 at 13:58
  • You can. Especially since you are saying in essence "the software is too complex for just this one task."
    – LawrenceC
    Aug 24, 2015 at 14:06
  • I mainly meant using "on" instead of "from" here
    – Ahmad
    Aug 24, 2015 at 14:13
  • On is okay. We can tell that "the main article on a news website" is thing extracted, not just "the main article", because in general things are said to be "on" websites.
    – LawrenceC
    Aug 24, 2015 at 22:32
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The adverb hard has the antonym easily. The adjective hard has an antonym easy. The adjective simple's usual antonyms are complex, complicated, elaborate.

The difference in meaning between simpler and easier is probably not too drastic for your use. You can employ either, I think.

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    In context, this may be true. But something that is simple is not necessarily easy, and vice versa. Like, if you are overweight, the solution is simple: eat less and exercise more. But as someone who is overweight myself, I can tell you that that's not easy.
    – Jay
    Aug 24, 2015 at 13:46
  • No, "easily" is not the antonym of adverb "hard". When "hard" is an adverb it means "using a lot of effort"; often the best antonym would be "softly" (though this depends on context).
    – psmears
    Aug 24, 2015 at 14:43
  • When talking about a task (or job, activity, effort, etc.), the adjective hard has an antonym easy.  However, note that the antonym of "hard science" is "soft science" (not "easy science"). Aug 24, 2015 at 21:42

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