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    Wink 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.


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    Re: deal with / cope with / handle

    Quote Originally Posted by Ada.Wu View Post
    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.
    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.

    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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