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Common Phrasal verbs: “to cope with something”

Hello and welcome to our new blog on Phrasal verbs. As an experienced teacher of Cambridge exams I have come to recognise many of the phrasal verbs that commonly appear in reading, listening and use of English papers. In this series of blogs, we will take a look at some of these verbs and help you to understand their meaning.

To cope with something

Also to manage, to handle, to deal with.

This phrasal verbs follows the structure: to cope with + object. It cannot be split by it’s object.

Example 1:
The town hall decided to build more houses in order to cope with the increasing number of immigrants.
The meaning of this sentence is that because of the amount of immigrants entering the town, the town hall decided to build more houses to manage the situation.

Example 2
She coped well with all the problems she had last year.
This sentence explains that although she had lots of problems last year she handled the situation well.

NB. Notice that, in this case, you can split the verb with an adverb such as “well”.

Example 3
I think Tom needs some time off as he is not coping with his workload at the moment.
This sentence is saying that because Tom having problems dealing with his workload that maybe he needs some time off work.

Synonyms of “to cope with” something:

  1. to manage: She has 3 kids and a job but she manages it well.
  2. to handle: Robert can’t handle the stress of his relationship with Linda.
  3. to deal with: We need another car park to deal with the growing number of vehicles in the city.


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