From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishthe only thing/problem is ...the only thing/problem is ...spokenPROBLEM used when you are going to mention a problem or disadvantageI could take you. The only thing is Dan might need the car. →only
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the only thing/problem is ...• In fact the only problem isdeciding where to start.• It duplicates perfectly in production, so the only problem is making the first copy.• Well, no problem with the casting, the only problem is remembering the plot.• I did some um and the only problem issize.• But the only thing is they are really small.