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An example use of hard in a speech by a native speaker of british english:
“… it just grips too hard I can't make it …”
Hard means difficult or challenging.
the word hard occurs in english on average 229.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.
it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that hard can be often used in the following areas:
1) people, society, and culture;