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    Taka is offline Senior Member
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    Default problem

    What exactly is the difference between 'a problem with X' and 'a problem of X'?

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    Default Re: problem

    In what context did you encounter a problem with this?

    ('. . .a problem of this' would be ungrammatical.)

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    Default Re: problem

    Let's say, the difference between 'worldwide problems of food' and 'worldwide problems with food'. Or between 'problems of weather' and 'problems with weather'.

    No difference?

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    Default Re: problem

    To me, of suggests that it is an inherent problem, part of its nature, while with would be for a problem that has occurred.

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    Default Re: problem

    Great answer! Thank you, tdol!

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