Monday, June 27, 2011

Deal with


“Deal with” is used to resolve a difficult situation or a problem. It is also when you take action and focus on doing something specific. In some cases it could be the same as “to put up with” (to tolerate). Another meaning of “deal with” would be when someone is working through (coping with) a difficult emotional situation.

1. During my vacation I don’t want to deal with anything or anyone. I just want to relax.

2. When you have too many things to deal with at the same time, you need to prioritize and focus on the most important things first.

3. At the end of this year I have to deal with renewing my residence visa for Brazil.

4. At the moment the European Union is dealing with Greece’s economic recession. They are trying to decide whether to give Greece a 2nd bailout package (financial help).

5. How do you deal with (cope/ manage) stress? Do you go for a walk on the beach, do exercise, listen to music, sleep, talk to someone about it… or quit your job?


  1. If you have learned something, please say so and leave a comment!

  2. For me, this is one of the hardest phrasal verbs I've ever studied, quite difficult to translate into my own languague and make it make sense. But this is very useful, thanks, saving de pdf for brushing up.

  3. Thanks for the comment Antonio. What is your first language, by the way?

  4. Oh sorry, I forgot to mention it, my first languague is spanish. I'm from Spain and although there is a translation for this phrasal verb, this translation is no longer used in modern spanish for "deal with" the way it is nowadays in english but it was quite used in ancient spanish: "tratar con".