No, when you say "(specific thing) is easy/hard to (verb)," you need the preposition "da": "(Lei/Lui) è facile da amare?" In that case, the infinitive is not the subject. To test, you can switch the order around. If the verb works at the beginning, you don't need a preposition:
È facile amare. (It is easy to love.) = Amare è facile. (To love/Loving is easy.)
In that case, "amare" is the subject, because it is the thing that is easy. If you try to switch around "She is easy to love," it just makes a big mess (To love she is easy?), because "she" is the subject described by the phrase "easy to love." So you would say:
(Lei) è facile da amare. (She is easy to love.)
You could also rephrase that slightly, as ormone_anarchico has done:
È facile amarla. (It is easy to love her.)
Actually yes! (lui /lei) è facile amare (with or without the pronouns) can translate 3 ways - he is easy to love / she is easy to love / it is easy to love. All 3rd person singular verbs translate as he, she or it in the present tense. If you want to be specific, then you must use the pronoun, otherwise the translation fits the context of the text. Anyway this is a strange sentence and can have different interpretations. Does the 'it' stand for some 'thing' to be loved or is it just asking if the actual act of loving is easy?
Yes, I finally clued into what the folks are saying, and you nailed it. They're not saying "it" is easy to love (as in, that puppy, or that great book, etc.), they're saying "Loving is easy"--like someone saying "I can't dance" and someone else says "It is easy to dance!" I think the confusion came in because people can "love it"--love a thing. But while we could awkwardly say "dance it" (like it's easy to dance the waltz), it's far less common. When most verbs, that aren't "love", are inserted, it becomes more clear what this sentence is expressing: "To love is easy." It is not conveying "that thing is easy to love." I see it now.
Hi everyone, (NO GRAMMAR HERE, JUST MY OPINION REGARDING LOVE :D) I've actually changed my mind - È facile amare! Love shouldn't be something difficult, it should be elevating, motivating and inspiring, at least that's what I expect when the right person (for me of course^^) comes along. The reason most of us think or used to think or some maybe still think (it doesn't matter) that love is difficult, is because we lowered our expectations, accepted less than we deserve and mixed THAT with LOVE... Anyway, as long as we're alive we can change our opinions, ourselves, our beliefs and our lives for better hopefully. Oh, I shouldn't forget to mention how important it is to LOVE OURSELVES FIRST and only that way we can love someone else and only when we're sincere with ourselves we can expect sincerity from others... Ultimately, LA VITA È BELLA e L'AMORE È UNA COSA MERAVIGLIOSA! :D Much love for everyone! ^_^ <3
I think to love oneself is a hard live-achieving accomplishment to begin with. And if you tuly love, you have to be prepared to be truly getting hurt as well. In my opinion, if you truly love, you don't need anything back, even if that would be pretty great. So I think it is not easy but very rewarding.