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Fill in the gap: This is the solution __ our problem.

Einstein's solutionTo many people’s surprise, in ‘normal’ (i.e., non-mathematical) English, the preposition used here is to, not of or for. So it’s the solution to a problem. Similarly, it’s the answer to a question or problem. However, when solution refers to the act of solving, then it can be followed by of:

The solution of that problem is going to take a long time.
I am working on the solution of genetic algorithm problems.

In such cases, the solution can be replaced by solving.

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