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"We need to fully understand the workings of the problem first" does this sound natural? I'm talking about problem solving. I think It's similar to "break the problem down to its component parts" but I'd like to use it when talking about successful examples as well. I'm also wondering if I can use "how the problem works" but I think its collocation is unnatural. I'd really appreciate it if you demonstrate how to distinguish these similar words such as 'mechanism','structure', and 'workings'.

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