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    How would you like to treat v.s. Would you like to treat

    1.How would you like to treat?
    2.Would you like to treat?

    Are they different? Why do we have How in the first sentence?
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    Re: How would you like to treat v.s. Would you like to treat

    Neither one is correct. You need something after "treat". Also, it's not clear whether you mean "to give medical attention to" or "to do something nice for someone".

    How would you like to treat the young girl with typhoid?
    How would you like to treat me for my birthday?

    Would you like to treat the man with the broken leg?
    Would you like to treat me to a weekend away in Venice?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: How would you like to treat v.s. Would you like to treat

    Both #1 and #2 are ungrammatical because "treat" is a transitive verb.
    Have a look here:
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict.../british/treat

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    #4

    Re: How would you like to treat v.s. Would you like to treat

    "Treat" can also be an intransitive verb, particularly in the sense of paying for someone else's food for drink.

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    #5

    Re: How would you like to treat v.s. Would you like to treat

    I'm trying to come up with a way of making it intransitive. It works as a noun in that context - "It's OK. I'll buy the meal. It's my treat". However, if you make it a verb in that sentence, it would still have to be "I'll treat you to a meal". "I'll treat" doesn't work.
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    Re: How would you like to treat v.s. Would you like to treat

    It works in American English. See intransitive definitions here: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/treat

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    Re: How would you like to treat v.s. Would you like to treat

    Examples 1 and 3 sound very archaic to me, and it's interesting that they haven't managed to come up with an example sentence for definition 2. Can you give me a sample sentence for its usage? I'm genuinely stumped.
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    Re: How would you like to treat v.s. Would you like to treat

    I will treat for dinner.

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    #9

    Re: How would you like to treat v.s. Would you like to treat

    Then it is another AmE vs BrE difference. That would have to be "I will treat you/him/her/them/us to dinner" in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How would you like to treat v.s. Would you like to treat

    We'll just add that to the many BrE expressions that sound odd to me.

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