Jen’s English Tips- Explaining a Problem in English
Explaining a problem in English
Sometimes you donâ€™t have access to what you need. To explain a problem, you can use â€˜Iâ€™ve got a problemâ€¦â€™
Use the preposition â€˜withâ€™ to talk about something that is causing the problem.
Iâ€™ve got a problem with my computer. It does not work properly.
Iâ€™ve got a problem with my car. It doesnâ€™t start.
Iâ€™ve got a problem. This assignment has to be completed by tomorrow but I havenâ€™t got the books I need.
I have got a problem with my air conditioning system
Before you can ask someone for help, you need to explain the problem. Use a structure with â€˜There isâ€¦ / There isnâ€™tâ€¦â€™
There is a foul smell in our room.
There is no water in the bathroom.
There are no fans in my bedroom.
There arenâ€™t enough books in the library.
There isnâ€™t enough food for everyone.
If you donâ€™t have something you need, you can use a structure with â€˜I havenâ€™t gotâ€¦â€™
I havenâ€™t got her phone number.
I havenâ€™t got anything to wear.
I havenâ€™t got a mobile phone.
I havenâ€™t got enough money to buy the tickets.
I havenâ€™t got a car.
I havenâ€™t got a good job.
If you have a problem, say â€˜I have got a problem.â€™
If you are not able to do something, say â€˜I canâ€™tâ€¦â€™
I canâ€™t read this.
I canâ€™t drive.
I canâ€™t open the door.
I canâ€™t find my phone.
If you donâ€™t understand something, say â€˜I donâ€™t understandâ€¦â€™
I donâ€™t understand the instructions.
I donâ€™t understand what he wants.
I donâ€™t understand Chinese.
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