A friend of mine was confused by something I said. And after chasing it down for a while, it came to him claiming that the following sample question is not correct in our world. (I.e., that since attaining a Nobel Prize is hard, one cannot say "given how easy it is" as shown accurately:

Given how easy it is to attain a Nobel Prize, it should come as no surprise that few ever achieve it.

Given that this was a casual context of private DMs, I'm not worried if this isn't up to academic standards. Just sufficiently clear for common use.

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    The sentence is perfectly valid, if it is a quip designed to make people nod and say "how true". – Weather Vane Aug 7 at 19:30
  • "How easy is it?" "Not very easy at all!" Not easy can equate to difficult. It's being used here in its opposite (but still true) sense in order to make a rhetorical point. (No doubt, the person hearing it is supposed to chuckle in appreciation of the turn of phrase.) – Jason Bassford Aug 7 at 19:38
  • @WeatherVane It's designed without humor as a statement of fact spoken casually. – godskook Aug 7 at 19:51
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    Perhaps it is as easy as Ten Simple Rules to Win a Nobel Prize. – Weather Vane Aug 7 at 19:53
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    I don't understand the question. You seem to be asking about grammaticality, but you also seem to mean something else by "validity," like audience comprehension (notably, you allude to it being "sufficiently clear for common use"). – TaliesinMerlin Aug 7 at 20:14

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