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    #1

    manage/handle

    Hi

    When somebody says: "Do you want me to help you with that bag?" Can I answer: "No thanks, I'll manage or I'll handle it"

    cheers

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    #2

    Re: manage/handle

    Yes, you may use either 'manage' or 'handle' here.


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    #3

    Re: manage/handle

    I agree with abdmlkbd that either way is fine.

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/manage
    <manage>
    [intransitive] to succeed in dealing with problems, living in a difficult situation etc
    - I don't know how she manages with seven children.
    - We didn't have the proper equipment, but we managed somehow.


    http://www.lcfanfic.com/stories2/heliopho.txt
    "Do you want me to help you?"
    "Ah, no thanks, I'll manage."


    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/handle_1
    <handle>
    [transitive] to deal with a situation or problem by behaving in a particular way and making particular decisions
    - Leave it to me. I can handle it.


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    #4

    Re: manage/handle

    To the enquiry
    "Do you want me to help you with that bag?"
    A native speaker would reply:
    "Thanks, I can manage it."
    or
    "It's OK, thanks, I've got it."


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    #5

    Re: manage/handle

    Yahoo!?? - ????
    "Do you want me to help you?" "No, thanks, I can manage (it)."

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