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    my problem is not + gerund

    1-My problem is not working in cold weather but my low salary.

    Does this sentence necessarily imply that I do not work in cold weather?
    Could it not be used if I do work in cold weather but do not consider it a problem?

    Can "1" be used instead of "2"?

    2-I don't mind that I work in cold weather. My problem is my low salary.

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    Re: my problem is not + gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    1-My problem is not working in cold weather but my low salary.

    Does this sentence necessarily imply that I do not work in cold weather?
    Could it not be used if I do work in cold weather but do not consider it a problem?

    Can "1" be used instead of "2"?

    2-I don't mind that I work in cold weather. My problem is my low salary.
    It means:

    I have a problem. My problem is not that I have to work in cold weather (this suggests that I do have to work in cold weather but I don't mind). My problem is my low salary.

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    Re: my problem is not + gerund

    Thank you Emsr2d2,

    Can't the sentence also be used in the cases where I don't won't in cold weather but someone else does.

    You work in cold weather and I understand that that is a problem for you. My problem is not working in cold weather but my low salary. I do work in a warm and comfortable place but I have a hard time making ends meet.

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    Re: my problem is not + gerund

    It would work with that context IMO:

    A: I hate working outdoors in the cold.
    B: My problem is not working in cold weather but my low salary.

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