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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

1) Life is hard ON short men.

2) Life is hard FOR short men.

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct?

1) Life is hard ON short men.

2) Life is hard FOR short men.

If both are possible, do they mean the same thing?

If not, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** I believe that the two phrases mean the same thing.  You are essentially saying that life is better or easier if a man is tall.

EXAMPLES:  Jack wants to play basketball, but, because he is short, life is hard on him.

Life is hard for short men, especially when they try to buy clothing to fit them.

*** You can interchange the phrases in these two sentences, and the meanings will not change.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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