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    #1

    deal with / work on

    Can we say

    He works on matters related to business.

    instead of

    He deals with matters related to business.

    Are there any other phrases that are similar in meaning and can be used here?

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    Re: deal with / work on

    Quote Originally Posted by Katz View Post
    Can we say

    He works on matters related to business.

    instead of

    He deals with matters related to business.

    Are there any other phrases that are similar in meaning and can be used here?
    The phrases aren't identical in meaning (to me):

    - "He works on..." means that he carries out actions on the matters.

    - "He deals with..." means that he carries out actions that lead to a resolution of the matters.


    - "Work on the problem" means "try a bit harder."

    - "Deal with the problem" definitely means "complete the problem."


    I can't think of other ways of saying "work on" or "deal with" that sound as elegant. You sometimes come across phrasings like:

    - "Action the problem."
    - "Progress the problem."

    To me, neither of these sound elegant.

    Mark


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    Re: deal with / work on

    His work concerns matters related to business?

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