merge to the surface


Hello, I've heard this sentence in the news and I wonder if it is right and what does it mean if so:

Some problems have merged to the surface recently. .....
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    Are you sure you heard it correctly?
    Usually things "rise" or "float" to the surface, or they "bubble up" to it.
    "Emerge" is a possible mis-hearing, but "to" is the wrong preposition; they would emerge "at" (or possibly "on") the surface.

    All these phrases refer to something that was previously hidden but is now visible.


    Senior Member
    English - England
    No, it sounds wrong to me.

    I would expect either 'Some problems have come to the surface recently', or 'Some problems have emerged recently.'

    But having said that, it might possibly make sense in context, which you haven't given us.

    Slowly cross-posted.
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