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Hi, I have a question of mine too.

if I say: :Sorry I'm late. I had trouble finding your address or to find your address?"
which one is correct?

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I had trouble (in) finding.

I think, and I could be wrong, that to have trouble takes 'in' as a collocation, and therefore any verb after it would be the -ing form.

Hope that helps.
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Default Re: having trouble with... :)

'finding' sounds better to me but I think they are grammatically correct.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but 'finding' is acting as a gerund versus 'to find', which is an infinitive...

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I had trouble (in) finding.

I think, and I could be wrong, that to have trouble takes 'in' as a collocation, and therefore any verb after it would be the -ing form.

Hope that helps.
thank you, it does help. and, since you are a native speaker, I trust you everything
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'finding' sounds better to me but I think they are grammatically correct.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but 'finding' is acting as a gerund versus 'to find', which is an infinitive...

Whenever I have grammar questions, I use this site: INDEX to the Guide to Grammar and Writing

thanks for the link
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