I would like to know some idiomatic expressions synonym to "never-ending issue" as in such a sentence:

The deployment of IPv6 is one of the never-ending issues of the Internet

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    By never-ending issue, do you mean a problem which is inherently insoluble (so it will continue to be a problem forever), or the more figurative sense of an issue which has long been, and currently continues to be, problematic (but which might feasibly be resolved, perhaps soon)? Aug 19, 2015 at 14:08
  • the more figurative sense
    – hpid91
    Aug 19, 2015 at 14:22

3 Answers 3


The phrase "an ongoing issue" or an "endless issue" comes to mind.


"Persistent problem" or "persisting problem" sound acceptable.

Also, grammatically, I'd use plural in "is one of the never-ending issues ...".


There are many synonyms the OP can use in the sentence such as everlasting/eternal/,unceasing issue.

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    Please include an explanation of why each of these might be correct. Aug 19, 2015 at 14:32
  • Nathan Tuggy, Correct me if I am wrong. I have often heard everlasting issue, everlasting/eternal/unceasing problem.
    – Khan
    Aug 19, 2015 at 16:00
  • I don't think you're wrong. I think the answer (like basically all on ELL) needs an explanation to be useful. Aug 19, 2015 at 16:08
  • No one would use these terms to express the idea in the OP's question in a business context.
    – Lambie
    Dec 17, 2017 at 18:20

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