What is the correct form? "We have been in a dilemma" or "We have had a dilemma"? Or are the two of them incorrect? I'm a non-native English speaker discussing this with another non-native speaker.
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A dilemma describes a position of doubt in which two (occasionally more) choices are available. It's not something you have, but something you're in.
Expanding on GEdgar's reply,