#EngVocab: Synonyms of ‘problem’

I used to think that ‘problem’ and ‘issue’ have the same meaning. But if you check in dictionary the meaning between them is quite different.

As stated in Cambridge dictionary ‘issue’ means the subject or problem people thinking or talking about, while ‘problem’ means a situation or something needs attention or need to be solved.

Overall, they have similar meaning. So, when I first found the word ‘issue’ in a sentence “I have an issue with him” or related ones, I guessed it is the synonym of ‘problem’, but it isn’t.

They are related but not synonymous. If you have an issue with something means you have a disagreement with it. So, to contrast it I will give you some synonyms of ‘problem’. I got this from Merriam-Webster dictionary.

  1. Case. Meaining: a set of circumstances or condition, which usually found in crimes, requiring investigation or action. In other words, case is object of investigation or consideration.
    • Example:
      • “I have a murder case to be take care of.”
  1. Challenge. Meaning: a difficult task or problems.
    • Example:
      • “Presenting my research results in International Seminar is a big challenge for me.”
  1. Knot. Meaning: something hard to solve.
    • Example:
      • “The project has been tied up in political and legal knots for years”
  1. Matter. Meaning: the situation or subject that is being discussed or dealt with; or a subject under consideration.
    • Example:
      • “Global warming is a serious matter. We are facing the impact through this climate change now.”
  1. Trouble. Meaning: a situation that is difficult or has a lot problem.
    • Example:
      • “Our country had been in a trouble because of monetary crisis.”
  1. Nut. Meaning: a hard problem.
    • Example:
      • “This game is a real nut.”

Compiled and written by @mettaa_ for @EnglishTips4u on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.



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