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    can I say fix an issue? or I have to use resolve an issue? thanks

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    Can I say "fix an issue"? Or have I to use "resolve an issue"? Thanks
    You may say "fix", but it would be better to say "resolve".
    Please remember to start all sentences with capital letters.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 23-Apr-2014 at 20:39.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Thank you!
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 23-Apr-2014 at 23:19. Reason: Unnecessary quote deleted.

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    Default Re: fix or resolve

    I agree with Grumpy. "Resolve" is better and more common, but "fix" is used with some frequency.

    Google hits:

    "resolve the issue": 199,000,000
    "fix the issue": 51,800,000
    "resolve an issue": 10,400,000
    "fix an issue": 2,900,000

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    Default Re: fix or resolve

    Your appreciation is welcome, jokaec, but there is no need to write a new post to say Thank you or to quote our replies back to us. Simply click the Thank button on any posts you find helpful. It means that we don't have to open the thread again to read your new post and then find that it doesn't include any new information or an additional question.

    It saves everybody's time.

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    Default Re: fix or resolve

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

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I agree with Grumpy. "Resolve" is better and more common, but "fix" is used with some frequency.

    Google hits:

    "resolve the issue": 199,000,000
    "fix the issue": 51,800,000
    "resolve an issue": 10,400,000
    "fix an issue": 2,900,000
    Interesting, I search just BNC but didn't manage to find any collocation for [fix+issue].
    The search for synonyms of fix + issue returns resolve and settle.
    The search for synonyms of resolve + issue returns resolve, settle, determine and decide.

    Nonetheless one of the meaning of issue is
    • problems or difficulties, especially with a service or facility.
      "a small number of users are experiencing connectivity issues"

    and fix [a/the] problem collocates quite nicely. I would speculate that most of the google results for fix [the/an] issue or at least a large part of it is for that particular meaning of issue.

    Cheers.
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    I agree. Many of the hits for "fix the issue" had to do with computer problems. That said, and with due deference to BNC, it is difficult to ignore 50 million hits.

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    Default Re: fix or resolve

    Quote Originally Posted by jokaec View Post
    can I say fix an issue? or I have to use resolve an issue? thanks
    I think the problem might be whether the problem is an 'issue' in the first place. If the 'issue' is that something is broken, fixing it would seem appropriate. That is, do we 'fix' or 'resolve' something that is broken?

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