tackle vs deal with

salai

Senior Member
Russian
Hello,
Here are two example sentences with the word 'tackle':

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Is it possible to change the word 'tackle' for deal with or analyze?
What could be the subtle meanings in 'tackle' not easy to identify for a non-native speaker?

Thank you for the time and help.
 
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  • idialegre

    Senior Member
    USA English
    "Tackle" refers to the initial attack on something. When you tackle a problem, you begin working on it. "To deal with" is more general and refers to an entire process. if it takes three months to solve a problem, you begin by tackling the problem;after two weeks you are still dealing with the problem, but you can hardly be said to still be tackling it.

    That's my take on it, anyway.
     

    salai

    Senior Member
    Russian
    So before or right after assigning a task to students, I might say:
    This is the way I would like you to tackle the task.'
    Am I right?
     
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