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    #1

    a tough issue facing many countries

    Restructuring SOEs is always a tough issue facing many countries that switch from a centralised economy to a market economy.
    What does "facing" mean here? Does it mean "covering"?
    Is "facing" a present participle?
    Thank you!

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    Re: a tough issue facing many countries

    "Facing" is a present participle/gerund, and in this context means that the issue "faces" the country, in that it is an issue that these countries have and must deal with. It is quite a common expression, so I would advise that you learn it well.

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    Re: a tough issue facing many countries

    Oh, thank you!
    I knew this meaning but the word order was confusing me. I thought the phrase have to be written like this:
    "many countries facing a tough issue"

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    #4

    Re: a tough issue facing many countries

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Oh, thank you!
    I knew this meaning but the word order was confusing me. I thought the phrase have to be written like this:
    "many countries facing a tough issue"
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    Let's have a look at this.
    FACE
    2 [TRANSITIVE] if you face a problem, or if it faces you, it is likely or certain to happen and you have to dealwith it. (Macmillan dictionary)
    So "many countries facing a tough issue"= " a tough issue facing many countries"
    (IMO)

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