Saying something is difficult

There are many situations when we want to say we find an activity difficult. It may be a subject we are studying or a skill that is part of a physical acitivity we are learning.

10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing: 
  1. It's not so easy..
  2. It's a bit tricky..
  3. It's not the easiest ___ in the world..
  4. It's quite tough at times..
  5. It's (quite / a bit) hard going..
  6. It's nigh on impossible..
  7. The course is quite demanding.
  8. The course can be gruelling at times
  9. It isn't a walk in the park
  10. It's not a course for the faint-hearted.
How To Use These Phrases In Your English: 
  1. Phrases 1, 2 and 3 are saying that it is a little difficult for some people.
  2. Phrase 4 says that some parts of the course are difficult.
  3. Phrase 5 says that the course is difficult and that many people will not keep going and give up before they finish.
  4. Phrase 6 is saying that the course is nearly impossible.
  5. Phrses 7 and 8 are saying that you will need a lot of effort and determination to complete the course.
  6. Phrase 9 is saying that the course is not easy.
  7. Phrase 10 says that people who give up easily should not start the course as they will probably not finish.
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