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Reiko07
Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2018 9:43:45 PM

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1) Did you find it hard to find an apartment in Los Angeles?

2) Did you find it hard, finding an apartment in Los Angeles?

Is there any difference in connotation between these two sentences?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, December 3, 2018 3:58:04 AM

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Hello Reiko07.
Welcome to the forum.

I think that, very often, people saying these will mean EXACTLY the same thing.
Most people would not differentiate at all. (I think the first one would be much more common.)

There IS a slight difference in emphasis, if you were interested in the 'semantics' of the sentence - but it really is slight.

Firstly, the verb 'find' has two meanings.
The first is to discover something - the actual instant of seeing it for the first time.
The second meaning is to look for something - the period of time leading up to seeing it.

Did you find it hard to find an apartment in Los Angeles?
An infinitive is often used to name a goal - the final result.
My goal is to find an apartment.
So this has a slight feeling that you could be asking about the result - the actual time the apartment was found.
Did you find that apartments were well-hidden, not well advertised, difficult to find?

Did you find it hard, finding an apartment in Los Angeles?
The present participle ('-ing' form) is often used as the noun describing the ACTION of doing something - the action done to reach the goal.
So this seems to be asking about the period of time before the apartment was found.
Did you find that looking for an apartment was hard work?

It's not a lot of difference, and I wouldn't have thought of it if you hadn't asked.


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Reiko07
Posted: Monday, December 3, 2018 4:26:45 AM

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Thank you very much, Drag0nspeaker.
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