I notice that most of the time people like to use "found" instead of "find", even in a present situation, to express their feelings and opinions. For example,

A: How are you doing in learning Italian?
B: I found it very difficult.

Is it because "I found" is more polite and formal than "I find", like "I was wondering"?
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Hi, Alexwlh:

I don't think that is correct. I think a normal sentence would be this, in response to a question in the present tense:

  • I find it very difficult.
    _______

    That is very astute of you to understand the distancing effect of using the past tense instead of the present. That phenomenon does not exist in this case, however.
  • Hi Alexwlh

    I agree with Rachel, but I think it is also worth mentioning that perhaps what you've actually heard is "I've found" (i.e. the present perfect). That might also be used sometimes in a context such as the one you gave.

    In spoken English, it can be a little difficult to hear the contraction ('ve) -- particularly when the following word begins with an F.
    Thanks alot, Rachel and Amy. That means I can only use "found" in response to a qustion in the past tense? Like when I come back from the movies, I can say "I found the movie very dull", correct?

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