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    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    the trouble is that?

    Hi to all,
    I have a question about an idiom.What does mean "The trouble is that"?

    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    Re: the trouble is that?

    Not an idiom - an incomplete sentence.

    "The trouble is that I don't like apples"; "The trouble is that they have gone away for a while".

    = the annoying thing is that ...

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    Re: the trouble is that?

    If you have heard "The trouble is that" as a complete sentence, the word 'that' refers back to some trouble that has been previously mentioned and the word 'trouble' probably means some kind of 'problem' or 'difficulty'.
    If you have heard "The trouble is that" as a phrase in a longer sentence, then the word 'that' again refers to the word 'trouble' and what comes after the word 'that' in the sentence will define what the trouble is.
    That's the best I can do. I don't know anything else that your phrase might mean.

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