**14 minutes**. Ask a Question.

Which are correct and make sense:

1) Solving a problem is a matter of using the correct method and getting the correct solution.

2) Solving a problem is a question of using the correct method and getting the correct solution.

3) You are trying to solve a problem. It is a matter of using the correct method and getting the correct solution.

4) You are trying to solve a problem. It is a question of using the correct method and getting the correct solution.

5) You are trying to solve a problem. The matter is to use the correct method and to get the correct solution.

6) You are trying to solve a problem. The question is to use the correct method and to get the correct solution.

Gratefully,

Navi

(1) to (4) are OK; (5) and (6) are not. However, I would say that explaining solving a problem as "getting the correct solution" is somewhat circular.

Why not just say this?

**Solving a problem is a matter of **~~using the correct method and~~ **getting the correct solution.**

#1/2/3/4 are OK.

#5/6 are not.

**finding** is better than** getting.**

Clive

Thank you both very much,

Sometimes people get lucky and find the correct answer by making two mistakes that cancel each other out or….

Gratefully,

Navi

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