Wednesday, January 30, 2013


As we have discussed here before, Phrasal Verbs are a combination of verb + preposition with a single meaning commonly used in conversational English. However, what's important to keep in mind is that the same phrasal verb can sometimes have multiple single meanings.

Coincidentally, today we will deal with a single phrasal verb that has more than one meaning, especially in business.


Let's have a look at some of the different ways this phrasal verb can be used:

1. to handle a situation at work
  • The management failed to deal with widespread problems within the company.
  • I told him I deal with all foreign sales.
2. to do business with / have professional relationship with
  • I’d rather deal with Smith Technologies than with its competitor.
  • We’ll continue to deal with the Russian government.
3. to cover, be concerned with

  • The guidelines deal with topics such as sales and marketing.
  • Her newspaper articles often dealt with problems at work.

DEAL WITH IT - The Reality TV Show
To practice the concept of deal with, we invite you to check out the pilot episode of DEAL WITH IT, a reality TV show about the challenges of running a used car business. Activities: WATCH the episode and ANSWER the questions below. Enjoy!

1. What area of business does each member of the Toronto Auto Group deal with?
2. What are some of the difficulties this sales team has to deal with?
3. What kind of customers does the Toronto Auto Group deal with?
4. Do you deal with customers in your business? If so, what kind of customers do you deal with?
5. What does the show DEAL WITH IT deal with?
6. What does your favorite TV show deal with?

Don't worry if you're not 100 % sure. Deal with it and try your best ;-)