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    #1

    treat and reward

    Hi,
    "When the bill arrived, Diaz told the teen, 'Look, I guess you're going to have to pay for this bill 'cause you have my money and I can't pay for this. So if you give me my wallet back, I'll gladly treat you.'".
    Please, in the sentence above, does the word "treat" mean "reward"?
    The text is a real talk that took place in NYC. Is it casual English or just an American expression/slang?
    Thanks.

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    Re: treat and reward

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,
    "When the bill arrived, Diaz told the teen, 'Look, I guess you're going to have to pay for this bill 'cause you have my money and I can't pay for this. So if you give me my wallet back, I'll gladly treat you.'".
    Please, in the sentence above, does the word "treat" mean "reward"?
    The text is a real talk that took place in NYC. Is it casual English or just an American expression/slang?
    Thanks.
    If you "treat" someone in this context you pay for whatever they had.
    e.g."Let's get ice-creams: my treat." or
    "If you come with me, I'll treat you to a cup of coffee afterwards."

    Buggles (not a teacher)
    Last edited by buggles; 13-Apr-2008 at 20:05. Reason: missing "


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    Re: treat and reward

    She may well have chosen her words carefully. To say 'reward' perpetuates the idea that 'Sure, I'll be honest - if somebody pays me to be!' , which at rock bottom is what a reward is.

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