noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a compromise solution/agreement

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The president was under increasing pressure to reach a compromise solution with his political opponents.

a peaceful solution/resolution/settlement

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The authorities want a peaceful solution to the hostage crisis.

a political solution

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They are eager for a political solution after years of war.

a realistic solution

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Compromise is the only realistic solution.

a solution to a dilemma (= a way to solve it )

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One possible solution to the dilemma may be to divide the money equally betweeen the brothers.

a viable solution

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Perhaps the only viable solution is to merge the hospitals.

an effective solution

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The most effective solution to traffic congestion is to build more roads.

creative solution

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a creative solution to the problem

devise a solution

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Representatives met to discuss the crisis and devise solutions.

long-term plan/strategy/solution

wetting solution

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

creative

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Yet the world we live in cries out for more critical and creative solutions to many, pressing problems.

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One creative solution: workers were issued coveralls without pockets.

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Look for the more creative solution - the tried and true don't always bring the best results.

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Subsequently the highly rated manager develops creative solutions and provides new insights into problems.

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Or an end to racial oppression? Creative solutions to our ecological problems?

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What matters is that the creative solution has a credible and realistic basis.

easy

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There is no easy solution to the education versus training argument in nursing.

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Fortunately, there is an easy solution to the problem.

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Instinctively, it seemed that there must be an easy solution to a prob-lem made of mud.

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It is easy enough to point out what is wrong with Hong Kong environmentally but far from easy to find solutions .

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It offers no easy or cheap solution .

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There was no easy solution to these problems but a number of alternatives could be considered.

final

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The final cacheing solution is hardware based, and relies on cacheing controllers.

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But unchecked, she seeks total victory and final solutions .

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Clearly, the difference between the original proposals put forward in the White Paper and the final solution in 1977 is enormous.

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My final solution to the problem was a bit risky, but not as risky as the alternatives - or so I thought!

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Logic and precision are put aside and the final solution is more important than the steps which lead to it.

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This is the nature of sciences and pseudo-sciences, always striving for a set of rules and final solutions .

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The final solution to the problem of the restraint of beasts.

good

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We in Lothian have had problems with barrier design, and the best solution I know of is the design enclosed.

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But for many people, the best solution may be a combination of tax software and professional help.

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The best solution would seem to be the creation of start-up workshops for small businesses.

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The best solution: Shift the focus on to a different actor.

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The best solution may be to leave them with the society.

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There is only one good solution to capital flight: shaky governments must restore confidence by adopting sensible policies.

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A better solution may well be to pick up the idea of rotating the audit partner every five to 10 years.

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The best solution is to siphon off the discolored water and store it in the dark for a couple of weeks.

ideal

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Delegates were generally agreed that the ideal solution was to remove migrants' reasons for wanting to leave.

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The Generalísimo, however, was not convinced that this was the ideal solution .

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In those days married women didn't work, so for her it was the ideal solution .

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No ideal solution to this problem has been found.

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While the ideal solution is a fast 486 computer there are a lot of 386 machines still performing sterling service.

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This split barrier is an ideal solution for keeping out undesirables such as motorbikes while giving room for wheelchairs to pass through easily.

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The ideal solution would be to use such people as software testers but the world isn't that well organised!

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Though Hunt was grateful, this was hardly an ideal solution .

obvious

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Even as this problem forms itself in my head it is superseded by its very simple and obvious solution .

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Even though the problem is obvious , the solutions are not.

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A single system for all seemed an obvious solution to such problems.

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The obvious solution to this word-wilting dilemma is to relax.

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Retirement at 63 is the obvious compromise solution .

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There is one obvious solution to slow play that seems to be overlooked: Distance tee-times to ease course overcrowding.

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The obvious solution - to move into more capital-intensive highly skilled work - is being energetically pursued.

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But don't opt for the obvious solution: cutting the stuff into stunted threads is practised only by the infantile.

only

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The only truly satisfactory solution would be to pull the place down and start again.

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I know this sounds terrible but sometimes it's the only solution I can see.

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But flooring need not cost the earth; nor is carpeting the only solution .

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The current slipway is beyond economic repair and a new structure is the only solution .

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A change of lender is the only solution .

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The only solution lies north of the Border - with you.

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The only solution I can see is in future to save any pattern of this sort as a variety of widths.

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I was convinced, and did not afterwards look back, that the only solution would be a bold one.

optimal

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This seems to be the optimal solution for the male.

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This gives Table 10.1, so the optimal solution is still but the optimal value is.

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The optimal solution does not change but the optimal tableau has one less column.

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The reader can verify that this optimal solution is.

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When the equality is exactly satisfied, either inequality can be used but the optimal solution will not change.

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In this chapter, we will study the effect of changes in the data on the optimal solution .

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Thus March and Simon accept that bureaucrats will not necessarily seek the optimal solution , but that which satisfies.

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Thus, we will eventually achieve an optimal feasible solution .

peaceful

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But people like Shakiri do not believe there can be a peaceful solution to the crisis.

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There are peaceful solutions to accommodating both smokers and nonsmokers.

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A peaceful solution is far from assured, however.

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That is not going to help to bring about a just and peaceful solution to the problem.

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Without a regional focus, inclusive of all ethnic groups, there is little chance for a peaceful solution .

perfect

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It seemed to be the perfect solution - contraception without constraining the fountain of male pleasure.

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Even if a perfect solution is not found, the child goes from being passive to planning a strategy and eventually acting.

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Sensitive skins need the gentle touch - Moistura fragrance Free products from Cyclax provide the perfect solution .

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There are no perfect solutions in a world where most parents work and most kids get sick.

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Alternet is the perfect solution for 10BaseT users who want the flexibility that thin coax provides.

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They did a lot of research, and found what they felt were perfect housing solutions .

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A mix of black and gold separates is a perfect solution .

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No doubt the perfect solution is to fly down in your own plane.

political

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Voice over It's got to be a political solution .

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Chun had put his sword back into the scabbard and turned to a political solution .

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But the political solutions which he advocated in the 1930s were not so.

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Social pathologies abound, yet people are peacefully pursuing political solutions to the myriad problems.

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It was not the first time that sensible political solutions had been rejected.

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Any political solution presupposes that the fate of prisoners must be settled.

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The prime minister, Chandra Shekhar, has said repeatedly that he wants a political solution .

possible

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It is usually the responsibility of the engineer to approve the alternative offered by the contractor or to suggest a possible solution .

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The foundation organized thousands of town meetings around the country to pulse people on public policy issues and possible solutions .

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Recent advances in methodology offer several possible solutions to this problem.

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If a system does not work for some speakers, there are several possible solutions .

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And high levels of debt offered one possible solution to problems of how to discipline managers.

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Free television time is one possible solution .

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One possible solution is for the last step in the procedure to be the subject of a strict time limit.

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The survey said one possible solution to the problem might be the use of city pension funds to create a loan program.

practical

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Provided the room is big enough, room divider doors are a practical solution and can be an attractive feature.

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Sometimes this shared understanding may lead to more practical solutions .

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Odeneal was swayed by the eloquence and truth of Joseph's argument, and submitted a practical solution .

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They do not offer practical solutions .

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Mr Holt is keen to find a practical solution to better protect the environment.

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These two sides would slug it out, and a practical solution would emerge somewhere between the two positions.

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In itself this elusiveness is testimony to just how enormously difficult it is to find practical solutions to Britain's economic problems.

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The search continues for a practical solution .

simple

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Elaborate solution , depending on smoothness: This keeps the same set R as the simple solution.

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There is no single, simple solution .

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Problem solving: This is almost exactly as in the simple solution .

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There is a simple solution that would correct these inequities and still protect homeowners from excessive taxation.

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This is often a far simpler and cheaper solution .

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I will really hate to be told of some simple , logical solution which I might have spotted.

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Even as this problem forms itself in my head it is superseded by its very simple and obvious solution .

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They never have a simple solution .

well

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Argument means resolving differences by discussion; this can encourage integration of a number of viewpoints into a better solution .

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A better solution is for automakers to develop air bags that inflate more slowly, lessening the risk of injury.

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Renting may not be better solution than home purchase.

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This is an area where private decision-making is a much better solution .

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A better solution may well be to pick up the idea of rotating the audit partner every five to 10 years.

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A better solution is adding a second disk drive, or replacing your original.

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A better solution perhaps is to leave the pad out of the filter altogether only using it when necessary.

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Some scientists believe stem cell research may provide a better solution .

■ VERB

arrive

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However, the parties involved were prepared to have their heads hit together to arrive at a solution .

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In this way, she arrived at her solution .

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In such a case, some form of conflict resolution must be adopted to arrive at a solution .

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Now, she thought, now we shall get things done, sort things out, arrive at a solution .

find

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If they're really upset, acknowledge this and try to find a solution .

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He had discussed this throughout his first year but had found no solution .

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Given the correct support and information, they could themselves find solutions to many problems.

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They established a committee to meet with DeGrazia to try to find solutions both sides could support.

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Too fussy. Find another solution , wrote Harsnet.

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Diplomatically, he placed the burden of responsibility on the state officials, calling upon them to find solutions .

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The Occupational Therapist is there to try and help you find a solution to your problem.

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His knowledge of mathematics proved inadequate to find a solution .

obtain

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The knowledge obtained from solutions that are put into the eye for other purposes is considerably valuable.

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Whatever happens, either we obtain an efficient solution or we can deduce that there are no efficient solutions.

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We have thus obtained our solution , in this case, in one step.

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He agreed to go to Rome himself to try to obtain an acceptable solution .

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The scheme yields only a theoretical solution , from which the number of patterns can be obtained .

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Their curvatures can only be obtained rigorously from the solution of Einstein's equation.

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However, they may be combined with some other method to obtain such solutions .

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Consequently there have been fewer serious efforts towards obtaining effective solutions .

offer

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The fax modem offers an affordable solution to many of the conventional fax machine's shortcomings.

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More than half the builders offered other solutions to the fee problem.

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But it hardly offers a long-term solution to the problem of resource depletion.

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The speech addressed problems often discussed by President Clinton, but offered some starkly different solutions .

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Those planning to enter public relations in the future will not be able to offer superficial solutions or thinking to any client.

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A balanced budget amendment is often offered as a solution .

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But London offered a solution not available elsewhere and particularly appealing to a young man of his temperament.

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In a leaderless group, a manager might step in to end the conflict and even offer a solution .

propose

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Some of our economists are proposing the same solutions .

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There is a lot of agreement for many of the issues, though a lot of differences in proposed solutions .

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Meanwhile, worried scientists have moved beyond offering proof of the ill effects of human activity to proposing solutions .

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Despite a briefcase thick with proposed solutions , no plan has been implemented.

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So far, feminists have mainly proposed numerical solutions to these imbalances, treating the categories as equivalent and autonomous.

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Most proposed solutions to the funds' problems involve limiting the benefits of current recipients in some way.

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Falsifiable hypotheses are proposed by scientists as solutions to the problem.

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In both cases, senior management looked on the proposed solution as unworkable at best, and, at worst, subversive.

provide

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The benefits established does the book provide the blueprint solution ?

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Odds are, neither this book nor any other source of information will provide a solution to your work problem.

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This provides a weak solution but takes the patient through to the next potency level in only 7-8 days.

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A: Strengthening the courts and providing a solution for former soldiers, both from the Sandinista Army and the counterinsurgency.

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Open learning provides a flexible solution to many of those problems.

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But rather than providing a solution , their results just added more fuel to the fire.

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The Automobile Association has now provided one solution .

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It is by no means easy to resolve such issues, and we can provide no firm solutions here.

require

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The first step is to recognise the diversity and complexity of public organisations which require different managerial solutions .

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Increasingly, federal officials were defining the problems of urban areas as local problems requiring local solutions .

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It is important, however, to recognise that this is a global problem which requires a global solution .

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But the disabilities act, they said, sometimes requires unnecessarily expensive solutions .

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Only Daeria was recognised as requiring the lobon-gur solution or intra-venous fluid therapy.

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Problems that require solutions are fast-moving and complex, and growing more so every day.

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Each junction requires its own solution or compromise and seldom, it was argued, is today's solution the best one.

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Our tendency to create heroes rarely jibes with the reality that most nontrivial problems require collective solutions .

seek

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Encourage the subordinate gently to seek solutions and propose action.

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Let's seek solutions and not encourage conflict.

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Companies should cooperate with couples in seeking solutions , Levinson advises.

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Perhaps the time has come when we should humbly admit our limitations and seek solutions in co-operation with the Master Plan.

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Afterward, the two sides may create a bipartisan panel to seek a longer term solution .

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Thus March and Simon accept that bureaucrats will not necessarily seek the optimal solution , but that which satisfies.

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If you start removing paper and the plaster finish comes off, you may want to seek another solution .

suggest

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It is usually the responsibility of the engineer to approve the alternative offered by the contractor or to suggest a possible solution .

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Answerable only to the president, they will suggest solutions to the ministries concerned and ensure they get results.

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The warring factions are suggesting drastically different solutions to the crisis.

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It is suggested that the best solution is to combine both methods.

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Betsy suggested that the best solution to the problem would be for her to take over command of Clytus and continue trading.

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Moreover we are not qualified to suggest any solutions to this problem - that must be a job for educationists.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

arrive at a decision/solution/compromise etc

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He arrived at a decision, threw the cigarette away, and turned towards a small depressing row of agricultural cottages.

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He finally arrived at a compromise with her, which was that he could have three independent, non-civil servant, advisers.

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However, the parties involved were prepared to have their heads hit together to arrive at a solution.

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In such a case, some form of conflict resolution must be adopted to arrive at a solution.

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My colleagues and I, after much consideration have arrived at a decision.

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Now, she thought, now we shall get things done, sort things out, arrive at a solution.

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They spent time arriving at a decision on the correct software.

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Using committees internally to overcome restrictions on information and thereby arrive at a decision.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

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A dentist could put in a temporary filling, but that's not the perfect solution .

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It was a difficult equation, but it took her only five minutes to work out the solution .

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Make a salt solution by dissolving 9 tablespoonfuls of cooking salt in a pint of water.

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Making the parts smaller is the cheapest solution , but is it the best one?

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One possible solution might be to borrow the money.

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Sleeping tablets are not the best solution to insomnia as they upset the natural rhythm of sleep.

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The solution to this week's puzzle will be published in next week's magazine.

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We are now going to measure the boiling points of the different solutions.

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We can help you find a solution to all your financial problems.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

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But the movie tells the wrong story, getting detoured into a murder investigation whose solution is far too obvious.

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One solution to this problem is for two or more classes to collaborate on a project.

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The solution is then completed in the usual way.

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The solution to both problems was already on the table three years ago.

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The colour change can be obscured by dirt in the solution .