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    Question Adjectives for "problem"...

    Hi there,
    May I have some adjectives that collocate with the word "problem" meaning difficult or so? I've already looked it up in Oxford Collocations but didn't find adjectives having the same meaning as difficult.


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    Default Re: Adjectives for "problem"...

    Thorny?

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    Default Re: Adjectives for "problem"...

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Thorny?


    Great! And how about arduous, severe, knotty, and ticklish? Can the last two be used in writing?

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Great! And how about arduous, severe, knotty, and ticklish? Can the last two be used in writing?
    I don't like 'arduous'; 'severe' is possible; 'ticklish' is great, - in writing too,

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    Question Re: Adjectives for "problem"...

    Thanks. If you don't mind my question, may I possibly know why 'arduous' doesn't sound alright to you? I'd like to know what image it makes in a native's mind.


    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Adjectives for "problem"...

    Mehrgan.
    May I sneak in with the suggestion that although "arduous problem" does occur, "arduous" more usually has the sense of being strenuous and demanding physically (often mentally too), and to some extent prolonged. A journey, lifestyle or lengthy task are typically arduous.
    To your list of problems I'll submit: tricky, vexing.

    not a teacher

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    Default Re: Adjectives for "problem"...

    Thank you both for the very useful suggestions.

    Best!

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    Default Re: Adjectives for "problem"...

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    I'd add :
    complex
    intractable
    thorny
    complicated
    knotty
    challenging
    hard

    I'm sorry if I repeated some;
    cheers

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    Default Re: Adjectives for "problem"...

    Some more adjectives:

    big
    funamental
    important
    insoluble
    major
    pressing
    real

    (macmillan advanced learners dictionary)

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