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    #1

    how do you interpret his behavior

    I would like to ask what it means by "how do you interpret his behavior" ? For example, let's think two persons speak each other. Can a mother ask his husband this phrase about their children "Peter is too naughty nowaydays, how do you interpret his behavior?". For this instance, does it mean "What do you think about Peter's behaviors" ?Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: how do you interpret his behavior

    How do you understand his behavior?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: how do you interpret his behavior

    But isn't interpret used in this manner more than understand ? Isn't it more closer to conclude a result? It seems both interpret and understand mean to conclude a result so what do you think?Thank you.

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    Re: how do you interpret his behavior

    I would say "What do you understand his behaviour to mean?" or "What do you think his behaviour means?" It suggests that his behaviour might be indicative of something else.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: how do you interpret his behavior

    'Why do you think he's behaving like that?'

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