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"I can imagine that." translates to

Ich kann mir das vorstellen.

If I want to say "It is hard to imagine that he is only 20 years old.", would it be

(a) Es ist schwer vorzustellen, dass er nur 20 Jahre alt ist.

or

(b) Es ist schwer sich vorzustellen, dass er nur 20 Jahre alt ist.

or does neither of them work?

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If the question refers to the use of the verb, particularly how to put the reflexive:

Es ist schwer, sich vorzustellen, dass er nur 20 Jahre alt ist.

Otherwise, see collapsar's answer.

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In the given context, you'd rather use glauben instead of vorstellen:

Ich kann es kaum glauben / Es ist kaum zu glauben, daß er nur/erst 20 Jahre alt ist

Using an adjective, an alternate phrasing is possible:

Es ist schwer/kaum vorstellbar, daß er nur/erst 20 Jahre alt ist.

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