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  1. Roselin's Avatar
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    which is the best way to ask

    1. What kind of problem is the phone giving?

    2. What sort of problem is the phone giving?

    3. What problem is the phone giving?
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    #2

    Re: which is the best way to ask

    The last is the easiest and most general query, but all would be acceptable.

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    Re: which is the best way to ask

    ... but I'm not entirely happy about the expression 'giving a problem' in this context. 'My old car is giving me problems' - . But in this case I'd expect something like 'What's up/wrong/the matter with the phone?'

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    Re: which is the best way to ask

    Thanks to both of you!!

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    Re: which is the best way to ask

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    ... but I'm not entirely happy about the expression 'giving a problem' in this context. 'My old car is giving me problems' - . But in this case I'd expect something like 'What's up/wrong/the matter with the phone?'

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    You have mentioned PROBLEMS. This means your car would be giving you more than one problem.

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    Re: which is the best way to ask

    You're right. But one (recurrent) mal-function in a car can cause the user several problems - not just problematic instances ('The engine stalled four times on the way home') but also kinds of problem. So the word that came to mind for that example was problems, but the singular would be just as appropriate.

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