difficulty collocations and examples

 UK /ˈdɪfɪk(ə)lti/

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a problem or the fact of finding something difficult

Adjectives frequently used with difficulty
serious: considerable, enormous, extreme, great, major, serious, severeI had great difficulty in persuading him I was telling the truth.impossible to overcome: insuperable, insurmountableThe difficulties with enforcing this law are major, but certainly not insuperable.in a particular area: behavioural, emotional, financial, logistical, mental, practical, technicalThe company was in financial difficulty and there wasn’t enough money to cover the wages.particular to someone or something: inherent, particular, specificThere are inherent difficulties in trying to manage such a large volume of data.
Verbs frequently used with difficulty
have difficulties: encounter, experience, face, have, run intoWe offer psychological help for young people experiencing difficulties in their personal lives.overcome difficulties: avoid, overcome, resolve, surmountWe had to overcome a few technical difficulties at the beginning.cause difficulties: cause, create, pose, presentThe new development could cause difficulties with parking.make difficulties worse: compound, exacerbateDisabled people’s difficulties are compounded by a lack of understanding of their needs.predict or fail to predict difficulties: acknowledge, anticipate, foresee, recognise, underestimateI do not foresee any difficulty in completing the work on time.
Verbs that frequently follow difficulty
face someone: beset someone/something, confront someone/something, face someone/something, surround someone/somethingThere are many difficulties besetting the Northern Ireland administration.relate to something: arise, lie in, lie withThe difficulty lies in fixing the budget.
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