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Heidi
Can I say 'It's a difficult matter for me to decide'? Or should we say 'It's a difficult thing for me to decide'? What's the difference between 'matter' and 'thing' when they are both nouns? Thank you!
Jan 20, 2016 6:32 AM
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What context is this for?
January 21, 2016
Since I have been accused of having ' flowery ' speech, if I were writing this I would write : It is a difficult thing for me to decide upon.
January 20, 2016
It's hard for me to decide.
January 20, 2016
"Thing" can refer to both abstract ideas and items (Chinese distinguishes between 东西 and 事情 in a way English doesn't). "Matter" is close to "issue", it's for ideas only (usually complex ideas where there are different viewpoints) In your sentence, both thing and matter are totally acceptable, but if you say "matter" I would assume the idea is more complex.
January 20, 2016
Heidi
Language Skills
Chinese (Mandarin), English
Learning Language
English