It has always been hard <finding> a treasure trove.

  • velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    You're looking for treasure, but it's difficult to find it. I wouldn't consider using the gerund-participle in that sentence. It's hard/difficult to find a treasure trove.


    It's hard finding an unexploded bomb in your back garden.
    It's a difficult situation. You weren't expecting to find that.

    It's hard to find buried treasure in your back garden. It's not likely to happen, however much you search.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Yes, the sentence itself is an odd one – not a good example for this use. But the principle of using a gerund is fine in most cases.

    Bringing up children on your own is not easy.
    It’s not easy bringing up children on your own. :thumbsup:
    It’s not easy to bring up children on your own. :thumbsup:

    It has always been hard finding affordable accommodation. :thumbsup:

    etc.
     
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