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hard time

USAGE NOTE
This word is often used in the plural.
hard time(
hard
 
taym
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (challenging period)
a. la mala racha
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Sarah is going through a hard time.Sarah está pasando por una mala racha.
b. las dificultades
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Steve is having a hard time at school this semester.Steve está teniendo dificultades en la escuela este semestre.
c. el momento difícil
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
I just hope that these hard times make us stronger for the future.Solo espero que estos momentos difíciles nos hagan más fuertes para el futuro.
d. el mal tiempo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
These are hard times for her. She lost her mother and father this year.Estos son malos tiempos para ella. Perdió a su mamá y su papá este año.
e. el tiempo difícil
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
I always save money for a rainy day. You never know when you're going to fall on hard times.Siempre tengo dinero ahorrado para cuando no haya. Nunca se sabe cuándo vienen los tiempos difíciles.
2. (bad moment)
a. el mal momento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
The immigration officer gave us a hard time.El oficial de inmigraciones nos hizo pasar un mal momento.
b. el mal rato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
Nick's father gave us a hard time because we were using his tools without his permission.El padre de Nick nos hizo pasar un mal rato porque estábamos usando sus herramientas sin su permiso.
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