July 18 – underlying

July 18, 2019 =========

☆  underlying  潜在的な


This week’s useful phrase is “What is the underlying problem?” The underlying features of something are not obvious, and it may be difficult to discover them. However, without revealing the underlying problem or underlying cause, it can be difficult to solve the problem or change the situation.

For example, if you want to work in a company where you can use English, but you haven’t been able to find a job, you might feel like the underlying problem for you is a lack of English skills. However, the interviewer might think the underlying problem is a lack of experience. So, as you can see, you need to know the underlying reason, in order to be able to change things.