What are red words?
90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing.These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are morefrequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.
- 1something that causes trouble or difficulty
a major cause of traffic problems in the cityproblem of:
the problem of unemploymentproblem for:
Homelessness is a serious problem for a lot of young people.have problems with:
We've been having problems with the heating in the office.solve a problem:
That still doesn't solve our problem.cause someone a problem/cause a problem for someone:
The continuing bad weather is causing serious problems for farmers.pose (=be) a problem (for someone/something):
Racial tensions in the south of the city pose a real problem for the police.the (only) problem is (that):
They're the best cameras on the market. The only problem is they're incredibly expensive.
have a problem with somethinginformal
not be someone's problemspoken
that's your problemspoken
what's your problem?spoken
- She thinks we live in a sick society.
- We must address the social ills that are at the root of crime
- She said that there was a cancer at the very heart of society.
- Transport was another headache for the government.
- London was paralysed by a series of strikes.
- We discussed the company and its ailing finances.
- The economy is very healthy/unhealthy.
- The economy began to recover.
- There is no simple remedy for the problem.
- This latest development has reopened old wounds.
- He bore the scars of a troubled childhood.
This is the British English definition of problem. View American English definition of problem