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    Default a person faces a problem? or a problem faces a person?

    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask how to use the verb "face".

    1. Paul faced a big problem.
    2. A big problem faced Paul.

    I think #1 is fine, but I'm not sure if native English speakers say #2.

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    Default Re: a person faces a problem? or a problem faces a person?

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,

    I'd like to ask how to use the verb "face".

    1. Paul faced a big problem.
    2. A big problem faced Paul.

    I think #1 is fine, but I'm not sure if native English speakers say #2.

    Thank you!

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    I think we need a survey on this, but I would go with #1.

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    Default Re: a person faces a problem? or a problem faces a person?

    I'd go for 1 too.

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    Default Re: a person faces a problem? or a problem faces a person?

    I'd go for #1, but I had the feeling that #2 didn't sound wrong, so I tried COCA. Nothing for 'faced (except as a participle followed by 'by') + person' or 'faces ...', but several for 'problems face ...' and hundreds for 'problems facing ...'.

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