tough/rough? They are not same?

ddubug

Senior Member
Korea
Hi,,

<Granddaddy(Alzheimer's) treated me like a stranger, and that was tough. But it wasn't his fault, and I'd always want to try visiting again. People think I have it rough-no way. They should have known him before he was skck and then afterward. If they did, they'd realize not only how much he went throuth, but how much he lost.>

The author said, 'it was tough'. And then he didn't have it rough.
It makes me confused with the next sentences.
What is this authour trying to say?
 
  • beccamutt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    Hi ddubug, used in this way "tough" and "rough" mean essentially the same thing. You're quite right, it's written in a contradictory manner, but I think the author is basically trying to say that although it was difficult having a grandfather with Alzheimer's, it was not too difficult considering how hard things were before he was sick. So... bad, but worse before. :)
     

    Nunty

    Modified
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    Yes, I think the contrast the author intends is not between "tough" and "tough" but between the one factor of Grandfather not recognizing her, which was tough (difficult), and the larger context of her relationship with him over time (not rough).
     
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