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The noun problem has two common meanings.
A problem is an unsatisfactory situation that needs to be dealt with.
You can say that someone has a problem or has problems.
You can also say that someone has problems doing something.
Don't say that someone 'has problems to do' something. Don't say, for example, 'Many people are having problems to pay their rent'.
Don't use 'problem' with why when you are explaining why a situation has occurred. Don't say, for example, 'The problem why he couldn't come is that he is ill'. You say 'The reason why he couldn't come is that he is ill'.
|Noun||1.||problem - a state of difficulty that needs to be resolved; "she and her husband are having problems"; "it is always a job to contact him"; "urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog"|
difficulty - a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome; "grappling with financial difficulties"
race problem - a social and political problem caused by conflict between races occupying the same or adjacent regions
balance-of-payments problem - an economic problem caused by payments for imports being greater than receipts for exports
|2.||problem - a question raised for consideration or solution; "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"|
question, head - the subject matter at issue; "the question of disease merits serious discussion"; "under the head of minor Roman poets"
mystifier, puzzle, puzzler, teaser - a particularly baffling problem that is said to have a correct solution; "he loved to solve chessmate puzzles"; "that's a real puzzler"
case - a problem requiring investigation; "Perry Mason solved the case of the missing heir"
homework problem - a problem that students are assigned to do outside of class
Gordian knot - any very difficult problem; insoluble in its own terms
koan - a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution; used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical reasoning
pons asinorum - a problem that severely tests the ability of an inexperienced person
rebus - a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
|3.||problem - a source of difficulty; "one trouble after another delayed the job"; "what's the problem?"|
difficulty - a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result; "serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
pressure point - where problems or difficulties are likely to occur; "a key pressure point in the controversy was the building permit"
can of worms - a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity
deep water - serious trouble
growing pains - problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise (especially in the early stages)
hydra - trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality; "we may be facing a hydra that defies any easy solution"
matter - a problem; "is anything the matter?"
what's the problem? → ¿cuál es el problema?
that's your problem → eso es problema tuyo
it's not my problem → no es problema mío
loneliness isn't the problem → el problema no está en or no es la soledad
the problem is that she can't cook → el problema es que no sabe cocinar
his problem is that he's never satisfied → su problema es que nunca está satisfecho
he has a drink problem → tiene problemas con la bebida, bebe demasiado
she has a serious drug problem → tiene graves problemas con las drogas
this will not solve America's drug problem → esto no solucionará el problema de las drogas en América
the real problem for the police is the lack of funding → el verdadero problema de la policía es la escasez de fondos
that presents a big problem for schools → eso supone un gran problema para las escuelas
he shouldn't have a or any problem finding a job → no le será difícil encontrar trabajo
phone me if you have any problems → llámame si tienes cualquier problema
I had no problem getting a mortgage → no tuve problemas para conseguir una hipoteca
he's having problems deciding what subjects to study → le está costando decidir qué asignaturas estudiar
do you have a problem with that? → ¿te molesta?
I have no problem with the ordination of women → no tengo nada en contra de la ordenación de las mujeres
health problems → problemas mpl de salud
to have a heart problem → tener problemas de corazón
the housing problem → el problema de la vivienda
no problem! (= of course) → ¡claro!, ¡cómo no!; (= it doesn't matter) → ¡no importa!, ¡no hay problema!
the problem of how to fund education → el problema de cómo financiar la enseñanza
we've still got the problem of what to give them for lunch → aún nos queda por solucionar el problema de qué darles para comer
to have a weight problem → tener problemas de peso
the problem with men is that → lo malo de los hombres es que ...
problem child N → niño/a m/f problemático/a
problem drinker N he's a problem drinker → tiene problemas con la bebida
problem drinking N his problem drinking is wrecking his marriage → sus problemas con la bebida están destrozando su matrimonio
problem family N → familia f con problemas
problem page N → consultorio m sentimental
problem play N → drama m de tesis
problem solving N → resolución f de problemas
the main problem was that ... → le problème principal était que ...
what's the problem? → qu'y a-t-il?, quel est le problème?
no problem! → pas de problème!
to have problems with sb/sth → avoir des problèmes avec qn/qch
to have no problem doing sth → n'avoir aucun mal à faire qch
I had no problem finding her → Je n'ai eu aucun mal à la trouver.
to have problems with the car → avere dei problemi con la macchina
my son is a problem → mio figlio è un problema
the housing problem → la crisi degli alloggi
to have a drinking problem → avere il vizio del bere
I had no problem in finding her → non mi è stato difficile trovarla
what's the problem? → che cosa c'è?
no problem! → ma certamente!, non c'è problema!
it's not my problem → è un affare che non mi riguarda
that's no problem for/to him → per lui non è un problema