To understand ou In understanding

I have difficulty to understand TV programs in English / I have difficulty
(in)
understanding TV programs in English.

A estrutura correta é to have difficulty (in) doing .. Como 'in' é uma
preposição, o verbo que vem logo após tem que estar na forma ING.

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2 respostas
Marlon X19 5 16
Olá,

Se não me engano pode-se dizer simplesmente, ''I have a hard time understanding TV programs'' :D

Se estiver errado, por favor, me corrijam.
PPAULO 6 48 1.2k
Using "have difficulty" in that sentence...



I have difficulty understanding TV programs in English. (correct)




Yet, if you want a preposition, you better to use "with" as in (that is, when you have difficulty, you have difficulty with):
Children may have difficulty with understanding the meaning of words and concepts.
This difficulty with reading is called dyslexia.

Hence...
I have difficulty with understanding TV programs in English.






Back to the initial question: if you had used the word "difficult" on the sentence, you could use the prepostition "to":
The French speaker is very difficult to understand, and people would tell me that...


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Anyway, if you could take the liberty to change or leave out the word "difficulty" you could use the sentence Marlon offered, it´s also grammatically perfect.