a situation that causes difficultiesCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS have a problem big/serious/major problem cause a problem deal with/sort out a problem solve/fix/overcome a problem address/tackle a problem pose/present a probem a problem arises/occurs/comes up (=it happens) economic/financial problems personal problem (=a problem in someone's private life) money/family problems drink/drug problem (=when someone drinks too much alcohol or takes too many drugs) thorny/knotty problem (=a difficult problem)
MPa child etc whose behaviour causes problems for other people
GRAMMAR GRAMMAR You can say that you have a problem or have problems• We have a slight problem. • Are you having problems with your parents?!! You can have problems doingsomething. Do not use 'to do'• I'm having a problem finishing (NOT a problem to finish) this. • He had problems finding (NOT problems to find) a job.!! Do not say 'the problem why'. To explain why there is a problem, use the reason why• The reason why people don't shop there is that it costs too much.!! Do not say 'problems happen'. Use the verbs arise or occur• Problems start to arise (NOT start to happen) when people don't keep up their payments.WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: trouble, problem, troubles!! Trouble is usually an uncountable noun. Never say 'a trouble'• He has caused me a lot of trouble (NOT troubles). • Are you having trouble (NOT a trouble) with your car?A problemis a specific thing that causes worry or difficulty• My biggest problem is shyness. • There were a lot of problems with his work. • They're having problems in their marriage.Your troublesare your worries• Sit down here and forget your troubles (OR problems) for a minute. ➔ See alsotrouble
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.