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Your English: Collocations: hardship

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The noun hardship is defined as ‘suffering or difficulties, especially because of lack of money’.  

Hardship collocates with a range of adjectives meaning very bad, including acute, appalling, extreme, immense, incredible, severe, terrible, unimaginable and widespread, as in ‘Some of the refugees who manage to reach Europe have suffered unimaginable hardship in their country of origin’ or ‘The devastating floods have caused widespread hardship in the region’. 

Financial or economic hardship can be genuine or real, as in ‘Support is available for those able to demonstrate genuine financial hardship’. It can also be unexpected or unforeseen, as in ‘In the case of unforeseen hardship or temporary difficulty, emergency student loans may be available’. 

Hardship may also be undue, unjustifiable, unnecessary or unreasonable, as in ‘It is hoped that the change in the law will bring benefits to the community as a whole without causing undue hardship’. 

A number of verbs with the general meaning of experience can collocate with hardship, including encounter, endure, face and suffer, as in ‘In the aftermath of the earthquake, thousands of people have been displaced and are facing extreme hardship as winter approaches’. 

Various things can cause, bring, inflict or perpetuate hardship, as in ‘Many analysts believe that sanctions will simply inflict hardship on ordinary citizens’, while other things may alleviate, minimise, reduce or relieve hardship, as in ‘The new measures will do little to alleviate hardship among the poorest sectors of society’.

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