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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.
Last edited by optimistic pessimist; 11-Oct-2011 at 13:59. Reason: correction
I'd go for 1 too.
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 ...'.