20 Collocations with Problem

In this lesson you will learn 20 English collocations with problem. What are collocations?

Why can’t you say he likes to drink powerful coffee?

Or there’s hard traffic on the way to city centre? 

Collocation means that some words fit together, and other words don’t.

In my above example you can only say the following:

He likes to drink strong coffee. (strong coffee – adjective + noun collocation)

There’s heavy traffic on the way to city centre.  (heavy traffic – adjective + noun collocation)

So today I have some collocations for you with the word PROBLEM. Let’s start.

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20 Collocations with Problem

COMBAT A PROBLEM

to try to stop a problem before it gets worse

Example: Police to get £1 million to combat a problem of increasingly dangerous organised street gangs.

COME UP AGAINST A PROBLEM

to have to deal with a problem

Example: The authorities came up against a problem.

CONFRONT A PROBLEM

to deal with a problem in determined way

Example: It’s never easy to confront a problem with someone you love.

FACE A PROBLEM

to have a problem

Example: When you face a problem, don’t panic.

FACE UP TO A PROBLEM

to accept that you have a problem

Example: Sometimes we need someone else’s help to get us to face up to a problem.

RESOLVE A PROBLEM

to find a solution to a problem

Example: You can never resolve a problem through violent actions.

RISE ABOVE A PROBLEM

to not allow the problem to affect you

Example: It is very difficult to rise above a problem without the help of your family.

RUN INTO A PROBLEM

to experience a problem unexpectedly

Example: If your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart, don’t worry.

SORT OUT A PROBLEM

to successfully deal with a problem

Example: Can someone help me sort this problem out?

TACKLE A PROBLEM

to try to deal with a problem

Example: Hopefully we’ll tackle this problem in the future.

Collocations with Problem - Infographic

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A COMMON PROBLEM

a problem that is happening in many places and/or to many people

Example: It looks like it is a common problem with these products.

A MAJOR PROBLEM

a very serious problem

Example: Distracted driving is still a major problem in the state.

A MINOR PROBLEM

opposite to major, small and not serious

Example: The aircraft had a minor technical problem.

A POTENTIAL PROBLEM

something is likely to develop into a problem

Example: Radon could be a potential problem in your home.

A RECURRENT PROBLEM

happening time after time

Example: It’s been a recurrent problem with this airline lately.

A SERIOUS PROBLEM

significant challenge

Example: Obesity is a serious problem in many countries.

A TOUGH PROBLEM

a problem that is difficult to solve

Example: We’ll see what they come up with. I think it’s a tough problem.

A TRIVIAL PROBLEM

not serious, an easy to solve problem

Example: This is far from a trivial problem, but I will get it done quickly.

AN UNEXPECTED PROBLEM

a problem that wasn’t expected

Example: We have encountered an unexpected problem and cannot process your request at this time.

AN URGENT PROBLEM

a problem that needs to be solved immediately

Example: A leaking roof is an urgent problem.

More Information

For more information on English phrasal verbs, English grammar rules and English idioms, check out the following links:

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