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According to an English-Chinese dictionary , " deal v.i. 1. 2. buy and sell (followed by with or in).", it seems to me that we can say "The shop deals with books." Am I right?
As 5jj says, the dictionary entry is right - in that both 'deals in' and 'deals with' are possible in different contexts. The mistake is not the dictionary's. Rather, it is the belief that a dictionary can give reliable meanings regardless of context - this is particularly important with little dictionaries (without much space for contextual guidelines) and those little digital things (which are impressive, but often misleading). The bookseller deals in books; s/he also deals with (among other things) problems.
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(1) Moderator Bob has given us learners a very thoughtful answer.
(2) May I add something that I found in Funk & Wagnalls New Practical Standard
Dictionary of the English Language (1956):
To have dealings; do business; trade with a person, or in an article.
(a) So that is why we might say that a bookstore deals with many publishers and deals in grammar books.
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