Treat others <the way> <how> you want to be treated

Subhajit12

Senior Member
Hindi
Hi there, Can anyone please tell me if I can replace "the way" with "how"?

Here are the examples:

1- Don't behave rudely with others. Treat others the way you want to be treated by them.

2- Don't behave rudely with others. Treat others how you want to be treated by them.
 
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    Tamil
    The sentence with "how" doesn't sound idiomatic. You could improve it by dropping "by them" but the one with "the way" (I suggest dropping "by them" there too) sounds better.
     

    Hildy1

    Senior Member
    English - US and Canada
    1- Don't behave rudely with others. Treat others the way you want to be treated by them.

    2- Don't behave rudely with others. Treat others how you want to be treated by them.
    I agree with Barque; sentence 2 does not sound as good as 1.

    Another possibility:
    3- Treat others as you want to be treated by them.
     

    Jimbob_Disco

    Senior Member
    British English
    Can I just add:
    I don’t think the preposition’s right in either of the OP sentences. In my opinion, it should be ‘don’t behave rudely to/towards others’.
     

    ain'ttranslationfun?

    Senior Member
    US English
    It's a rephrasing of the 'Golden Rule': "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

    I like Hildy 1's #3, or "...as you would want them..."
     
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