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  1. Senior Member
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    #1

    handle vs deal with

    Are any differences between two sentences?

    I can handle this case.

    I can deal with this case.
    Not a teacher

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    #2

    Re: handle vs deal with

    To deal with a problem or task is to take action on it, without assurance of success, but to be able to handle something goes one step further - to able to manage it or deal with it successfully to produce results.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #3

    Re: handle vs deal with

    Actually, to me they mean the same thing: I can handle it. I can deal with it. I can manage it. I can take care of it. I'm capable of taking responsibility for it. I don't need any help.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #4

    Re: handle vs deal with

    I agree with Charlie, and I'd say 'Are there any differences between the two sentences below?'

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    #5

    Re: handle vs deal with

    Typically, you can expert to hear:

    I can handle this.
    Not a professional teacher

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