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I needed "cater" as an adjective today, and I didn't enjoy how it worked out; and not only due to the spell checked thumbing its nose at me.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/uncatered appears to indicate the word is kosher, but in the following paragraph it felt like a speed bump.

I've come to be mildly annoyed by all of them over time: they're each good for something, none is good at everything, and I still have plenty of uncatered to problems.

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  • Some caterers are kosher; some aren't.
    – deadrat
    Jul 14, 2015 at 1:39
  • HA! I see what you did there, @deadrat Jul 15, 2015 at 0:57

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Here's a better way to address the need to express that.

I've come to be mildly annoyed by all of them over time: they're each good for something, none is good at everything, and I still have plenty of unaddressed problems.

Some definitions of address:

Oxford: "Think about and begin to deal with (an issue or problem): a fundamental problem has still to be addressed."

Merriam-Webster: "Direct the efforts or attention of (oneself): will address himself to the problem" or "to deal with or treat: intrigued by the chance to address important issues — I. L. Horowitz".

Cambridge: "Give attention to or deal with a matter or problem: The issue of funding has yet to be addressed."

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None of the solutions about taking care of problems (or rather, not taking care of them) captures the sense of "catered" that means special, solicitous care.

I suggest that the speed bump you hit with "catered to problems" is the same one that will throw your readers -- the unfortunate attraction of the preposition "to" to the noun "problems," as in

I address my attention to problems.

With "catered to," that's not a possible parse, but it's enough to feel the bump.

I further suggest that the solution is adopt Little Eva's phrasing to place your modifier after the noun:

I still have plenty of problems [left] uncatered to.

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Catering to the problems is slightly different to catering for the problems but, presuming you mean the problems are not fixed and not just not attempted, I suggest this:

and I still have plenty of unresolved problems.

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Op could use the verb attend or the adjective, unattended, e.g.:

1. “I still have plenty of problems not attended to.”

2. “I still have plenty of problems left unattended.”


attend verb: 2. deal with. "he muttered that he had business to attend to"

synonyms: deal with, see to, manage, organize, sort out, handle, take care of, take charge of, take in hand, tackle. (Google)


unattended adjective: not noticed or dealt with. "her behavior went unnoticed and unattended to"

synonyms: ignored, disregarded, neglected. (Google)

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"... I still have plenty of unmet needs."

"Unmet" -- not fulfilled-- seems to be used primarily in this context. It is better than "unfulfilled" for your purposes because it implies a more specific actor other than yourself. It's perhaps a perfect synonym for unaddressed, but it's less of a mouthful.

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