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Are they all correct?
1) I think you should face him.
2) I think you should face up to him.
3) You got to be stronger and face these problems!
4) You got to be stronger and face up to these problems!
I'm wondering whether these two verbs have the same meaning and whether I can use them interchangeably. Or, does "to face" mean to confront with something, and "to face up to" mean "to accept something and try to tackle it?
Thank you so much for the explanation.
So do we generally use "to face" with abstract nouns and "to face up to" with people?
It's strange though...I thought both "I couldn't face my mother" and "I couldn't face up to my mother" sounded good...
I still have lots of doubts about these two similar verbs!
Sometimes it's not easy to see the difference between 'to face' and 'to face up to'!
Try to read more on-line dictionaries. When I have some doubts I just look through them! There you can find explanations and examples.
Check this one: face - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online
dilodi83 It's not as easy as 'abstract object =>face; person => face up to'; both your 'mother' examples are right, but they don't mean exactly the same. Read widely, and use dictionaries (monolingual ones).
An expression I recently learnt is face the music. I like it.