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deal with / cope with / handle
Could I know when I should use which phrase or word? Why?
e.g. He has learnt to [deal with/cope with/handle] all kinds of complicated situations.
e.g. This is project is so easy that I can [deal with/cope with/handle] it with little effort.
Thank you all for the reply.
Re: deal with / cope with / handle
In each case, I think the meanings would be very similar in your examples. However, I might say "handle it with little effort" just to avoid having "with" twice so close together. Perhaps "cope with" is more passive and only suggests a lack of problems, while "handle" is more active and "deal with" is somewhere between the two.
Originally Posted by Ada.Wu
In some cases they are not interchangeable though. For example:
“I will deal with/ handle this customer” You would not say “cope with” here.
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