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Today’s daily word is



This is another useful for when you need to discuss problems in both writing and speaking. If you have a problem, then you also face a challenge – the difference is that challenges tend to be positive, while problems are negative. One of the strongest collocations of challenge is enjoy!

Forms of the word

a challenge: this is the noun – note that it is countable

to challenge: it can also be a verb

challenging: this is a common adjective

challenged: this is the other adjective (remember the difference between -ing and -ed adjectives)

Using the word

These are some examples of how you can use the word:

enjoy: It may be quite difficult, but I do enjoy a challenge (spoken)

face: Many people face the challenge of having to  learn a new language when they move abroad. (note the of)

pose/present: While this does undoubtedly present a challenge, there are possible solutions.

tackle/meet/rise to: It is important to tackle the challenge to the environment presented by increasing levels of pollution. (note the to)

job/task/question: One reason why so many teachers are leaving the profession, is that teaching is a very challenging job.



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5 Responses to Challenge

  1. Ayaanle March 19, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    Learning a new language is an overly challenging task, but I always enjoy challenged jobs.

    • Dominic Cole March 19, 2014 at 11:20 am #

      Thanks for the comment. I always enjoy it when people comment. it shows that there is someone out there!

      Careful though.

      The job is challenging but you are challenged by it. These two adjectives work in exactly the same way as bored and boring. If I am boring, you become bored

  2. Muhannad March 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Studying for the IELTS exam while having another full-time job is considered a challenge for me, but I always do my best to win the challenges !! 🙂
    “Thanks a lot Mr.Cole”

    • Dominic Cole March 20, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

      Well done. I should add that another excellent word here is “rewarding”. The two words often go together

  3. Phúc Hảo Lê Thị March 24, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Hi, teacher !

    You teach challenging words too good. It’s very important for essays writing. I hope that you will introduce to me some phrases in writing or speaking. Thanks a lot. Have a good time !

    Where do you live ?

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