problem

prob|lem
W1S1 [ˈprɔbləm US ˈpra:-] n
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1¦(difficulty)¦
2
3¦(question)¦
4 no problem
5 the (only) problem is (that) ...
6 that's your/his etc problem
7 it's/that's not my problem
8 What's your/his etc problem?
9 Do you have a problem with that?
10 problem child/family/drinker etc
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[Date: 1300-1400; : French; Origin: problème, from Latin problema, from Greek, 'something thrown forward', from proballein 'to throw forward']
1.) ¦(DIFFICULTY)¦
a situation that causes difficulties
problem of
the problem of race relations
problem with
I've been having a few problems with my car.
She was older than me, but that wasn't a problem.
new ways of dealing with the problem of street crime
Does this mean that all our problems are solved ?
They still have some serious problems to overcome .
new measures aimed at tackling the drug problem
The shortage of teachers poses a major problem .
The country has huge economic problems .
He had to take some time off work due to personal problems .
The marriage ended because of her husband's drink problem .
We still haven't sorted out the thorny problem of where exactly the money is going to come from.
see usage notetrouble1
2.) something wrong with your health or with part of your body
health problem/problem with your health
Does she have any long-term health problems?
back/heart/kidney etc problem
If you have back problems you should avoid lifting heavy objects.
hearing problem
Many people with hearing problems try to hide their condition.
weight problem
She refuses to admit to herself that she has a weight problem.
emotional/psychological problem
Is this a sign of some kind of deeper psychological problem?
3.) ¦(QUESTION)¦
a question for which you have to find the right answer, using mathematics or careful thought
She gave us 20 mathematical problems to solve.
4.) no problemspoken
a) used to say that you are happy to do something or for someone else to do something
'Can I bring a friend?' 'Sure, no problem.'
b) used after someone has said thank you or said that they are sorry
'Thanks for all your help.' 'No problem!'
5.) the (only) problem is (that) ...
spoken used before saying what the main difficulty in a situation is
The problem is, there isn't enough time.
6.) that's your/his etc problem
spoken used to say rudely that someone else is responsible for dealing with a situation, not you
If you miss the train, that's your problem.
7.) it's/that's not my problem
spoken used to say rudely that you are not responsible for dealing with a particular problem and are not willing to help
'We've got a serious staffing shortage.' 'That's not my problem.'
8.) What's your/his etc problem?
spoken informal used when you think that someone is behaving in a way that is unreasonable
9.) Do you have a problem with that?
spoken informal used to ask someone why they seem to disagree with you, in a way that shows that you are annoyed
10.) problem child/family/drinker etc
a child etc whose behaviour causes problems for other people
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
have a problem
big/serious/major problem
cause a problem
deal with/sort out a problem
solve/fix/overcome a problem
address/tackle a problem
pose/present a probem
a problem arises/occurs/comes up (=it happens)
economic/financial problems
personal problem (=a problem in someone's private life)
money/family problems
drink/drug problem (=when someone drinks too much alcohol or takes too many drugs)
thorny/knotty problem (=a difficult problem)
GRAMMAR
You can say that you have a problem or have problems : We have a slight problem. | Are you having problems with your parents?
!! You can have problems doing something. Do not use 'to do' : I'm having a problem finishing (NOT a problem to finish) this. |He had problems finding (NOT problems to find) a job.
!! Do not say 'the problem why'. To explain why there is a problem, use the reason why : The reason why people don't shop there is that it costs too much.
!! Do not say 'problems happen'. Use the verbs arise or occur : Problems start to arise (NOT start to happen) when people don't keep up their payments.
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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