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Hi there!

 

There's often a lot of confusion about the verb: To manage, so during this lesson, we're going to learn the differences among the various possibile expressions you can use.

 

To Manage something means to be able to do something, either because you have time to do something, or because you know how to do something, or because you have the ability to do something.

 

For example: Can you manage to do some photocopies for me?

This means that I'm asking you if you have time to do some photocopies.

 

Can you manage to do that project by yourself?

This means that I'm asking you if you are able to do the project by yourself or if you need any help with it.

 

The confusion comes from the word Manager, but a manager is a person who occupies his or her time or knowledge while working on business projects, or liasing with people.

A manager does not "manage" projects or people.

 

To Deal With something means to occupy your time, ability, or knowledge to do something.

For example: Can you deal with sending these products to our new client?

This means that I'm asking you to occupy your time, ability, or knowledge to send the products to our new client.

 

I deal with the online marketing for our website.

This means that I occupy my time and knowledge to do the marketing for our website.

 

To Take Care of something means the same as to deal with something, but with care and attention.

For example: Can you take care of the statistics while I'm away on holiday?

This means that I'm asking if you can occupy your time and knowledge to look at or analyse the statistics with care and attention.

Whenever you talk about people, it's best to say I'll take care of him or her, because if you say I'll deal with him or her, that means that you want to finish helping or speaking with them as quickly as possibile. So it would seem as if you're annoyed with the other person, or that you don't care about them, and that would be rude.

 

To Handle something means to take care of something or a situation which is fragile or delicate.

For example: I'll handle the issue regarding the late delivery of the product samples.

This means that I'm telling you that I will take care of the problem related to the late delivery of the product samples, because our client is probably annoyed, and I need to communicate with them in a diplomatic manner in order to resolve the problem.

 

To Run something means to keep it working and going ahead.

For example: I run my own business" means that I have my own company, and I continue to keep business working and developing.

You can also say: I run a team of 6 people.

This means that you are responsible for organising and coordinating a team of 6 people.

 

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