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    Default He is easy to deal with.

    Dear teachers,

    I am frustrated by the following question:


    He is easy to deal with.

    A. get on well with B. do with C. agree with D. be along with


    Which one of the above 4 can be chosen to replace the underlined part in the sentence. To me, D. sounds correct. But someone told me it should be B. What's your opinion? Thanks.

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    Default Re: He is easy to deal with.

    A is the best of a bad set of choices.

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    Default Re: He is easy to deal with.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    A is the best of a bad set of choices.

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    Why is the set of choices bad?

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    Default Re: He is easy to deal with.

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Why is the set of choices bad?
    Of the four possible choices "A." is best. "B." has no meaning in that context and few others. "C." and "D." don't work because "deal with" involves an exchange of some sort, in your example, between persons.

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    Default Re: He is easy to deal with.

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Why is the set of choices bad?
    Because we have no way of knowing what the original sentence is supposed to mean.

    '...deal with' can have at least two meanings.


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    Default Re: He is easy to deal with.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Because we have no way of knowing what the original sentence is supposed to mean.

    '...deal with' can have at least two meanings.


    Rover
    What are these meanings?

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    Default Re: He is easy to deal with.

    Probably 'get on well with' and 'do business with' (though the first of these meanings is new to me; it's more like 'control the behaviour of' or perhaps simply 'tolerate', but those - like 'do business with' - aren't offered as choices). So I agree it's a bad set of choices.

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