solve a problem or resolve a problem


Senior Member
Hello there,

At school I learnt the expression "to solve a problem". This morning I came across the expression "resolve a problem".

Here's the context:

"Sitting in every night on the sofa watching soaps wasn't going to resolve the problems in their relationship"

Can I use both expressions interchangeably or is there a nuance I should know about?

Thank you very much in advance
  • Pidginboy

    Senior Member
    India-Local dialect
    A student's problem is solved on the note book.
    A career problem was resolved by talking to the superior.

    The above sentence may throw some light on their differences.


    Senior Member
    usa english
    "Solve the problems" could also be used in this sentence. It's more general, very commonly used.

    "Resolve the problems" indicates a situation. In this case the relationship

    Another example:

    You "solve" a math problem...find the answer
    But you cannot "resolve" a math's not a situation