solve>resolve

bg1996

Senior Member
Cantonese,Mandarin;Kwangtung/Guangdong,hk
"They just hurt the people in their community, they didn't really solve any problem."

I read this "resolve a problem" sometimes. Then, Both are right? If right, same meaning? If same which is common and better in native English?
 
  • Macunaíma

    Senior Member
    português, Brasil
    Although the verb to resolve can be used as a synonym for to solve, it's not generally used with that meaning. It commonly collocates with words like differences, dispute, conflict, crisis, issue, meaning to settle, to find a compromise, even if not necessarily a permanent solution, as omlick pointed out above.
     
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