how hard it is / how it is hard

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Moon Palace

Senior Member
Hello everyone,
This sentence in today's Independent has attracted my attention.

For a long time now, the beleaguered, Daily Telegraph-reading classes have been complaining about how it is hard to manage on such a sum in a month.

I usually correct my students when they don't write the adjective right after 'how'. Is this correct? Is there a difference in meaning?
I would have written here: '... about how hard it is...'

Thanks for your help.
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    ... how it is hard to manage ...
    Explaining in what way it is difficult to manage ...
    The focus is on managing with difficulty.

    ... how hard it is to manage ...
    Explaining how difficult it is to manage ...
    The focus is on the difficulty of managing.
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