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    angelene001 is offline Member
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    make a problem

    It makes a lot of problems.

    Can we use "make a problem" meaning "cause a problem"?

    I think that we can't.
    It's not a collocation. But sometimes something is not a collocation but is correct.


    But we can say:
    It makes the problem even more difficult to solve.

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    Rover_KE is offline Moderator
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    Re: make a problem

    Can we use "make a problem" meaning "cause a problem"?

    I think that we can't. It's understandable but not colloquial.

    It's not a natural collocation. But sometimes something is not a collocation but is correct.


    But we can say:
    It makes the problem even more difficult to solve.



    Rover

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    HanibalII is offline Member
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    Re: make a problem

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    It makes a lot of problems.

    Can we use "make a problem" meaning "cause a problem"?

    I think that we can't.
    It's not a collocation. But sometimes something is not a collocation but is correct.


    But we can say:
    It makes the problem even more difficult to solve.

    Yes, you can. But the situations(context) can vary.
    I'm not a teacher yet, but I am studying a Bachelor of Education with an English Literature major at Charles Sturt University, in NSW, Australia.

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