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    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    #1

    the trouble is that?

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


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    #2

    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?

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    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'.
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    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.
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    That's the best I can do. I don't know anything else that your phrase might mean.

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