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.
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.
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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
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.