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A dilemma is a difficult choice between unattractive alternatives. A problem is a situation that must be resolved somehow.

When the prototype did not perform to specifications, we were faced with the dilemma of abandoning the project and losing all the resources we had invested in it to date or going ahead with the project and having no guarantees of any future returns.

Jane described the problem we were having in the waste water treatment facility.

Do not use dilemma in place of problem.


Can you find a solution for our dilemma?


Can you find a solution for our problem? [We don't have any solutions right now.]


Can you find a way out of our dilemma? [We have some solutions right now, but none are attractive.]

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