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    Itasan is offline Member
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    Default treat something as

    Do these mean the same thing? If so,
    which would you use?
    1. Everyone treated my words as a joke.
    2. Everyone regarded my words as a joke.
    3. Everyone considered my words as a joke.
    Thank you.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: treat something as

    3- drop 'as'- otherwise, it suggests they debated the subject to me.

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    Thank you very much, tdol.
    >>they debated the subject to me.<<
    What does that mean?
    Thanks.
    Itasan

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    Default Re: treat something as

    They discussed whether my words were a joke (or serious), rather than took them as a joke- for the latter, I'd say it without 'as'.

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