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  1. It is easy for him to run.
  2. It is easy that he runs. What is the difference between the two sentences?
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What does the second sentence mean? It's hardly normal English. –  John Lawler Mar 16 '14 at 3:05

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Your first sentence may be transformed into a 'canonical' sentence whose meaning is easy to understand:

For him to run is easy which may also be phrased
To run is easy for him.

That is, he finds running easy.

Your second sentence is not obviously idiomatic or grammatical when it is transformed:

That he runs is easy.

You have to really strain to come up with a situation where that makes sense. For instance:

A: It's hard to pin Jason down. Whenever I approach him, he runs.
B: Oh, that he runs is easy: you just have to catch him in the elevator. What's hard is to make sense of that techno-gibberish he speaks.

Another, equally far-fetched interpretation leaves the sentence untransformed:

A: We're thinking of recruiting Jason for the pentathlon. I know he can shoot and swim and ride and swim—how does he run?
B: Oh, it’s easy that he runs: very graceful and effortless.

This interpretation is more plausible if you read B with an Irish accent.

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Is it just me or is the second sentence completely wrong?

I guess my answer is this : the difference between the two sentences is that the first one is correct English :)

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Is this a comment or an answer??? –  virmaior Mar 16 '14 at 4:19
    
it's my answer : the difference between the two is that one of the sentences is incorrect. This is merely my answer and it might be wrong, but it's an answer. –  Tonik Mar 16 '14 at 4:35
    
That's not a very thorough answer really. Please edit it to include why it is wrong if tall possible. (n.b., I agree that it's weird but it's not inconceivable as a sentence -- given some tenuous circumstances). –  virmaior Mar 16 '14 at 15:00
    
The thing is I don't even understand what this sentence could mean. I'm sorry you think my answer is so useless. I don't know how to make it better because I don't understand how this sentence is made and how it's supposed to work... That's why my answer was so short. –  Tonik Mar 16 '14 at 21:13
    
@Tonik There is no need to answer a question that you don't know the answer for (can't explain). Just lurk around and see what other people say! –  nxx Mar 16 '14 at 21:37

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