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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