Deal with

woman dealing with problems by praying
Type: Phrasal Verbs
Originally published on April 24, 2023 and last updated on May 8, 2023

Phrasal verbs are an essential aspect of the English language and are widely used in conversations. They add a unique flair to communication and can help learners sound more natural when speaking or writing in English. One of the most common phrasal verbs used in conversations is “deal with.” Understanding and being able to use this phrasal verb correctly can greatly improve an English learner’s vocabulary and overall level of English.

Review the meaning of the phrasal verb with your students first to make sure they understand how to use it correctly, and then go through the different conversation questions. Ask them to try and include the phrasal verb naturally in their answers.

What does “deal with” mean?

“Deal with” is a phrasal verb that means to manage, handle, or address a situation, problem, or challenge.


“I have to deal with a difficult customer at work today”.
“The government needs to deal with the issue of homelessness”.
“I need to deal with my fear of public speaking before I give my presentation”.

Conversation Questions

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  • How do you typically deal with stress or pressure in your life?
  • Have you ever had to deal with a difficult or challenging exam or test?
  • What is the most difficult situation you've had to deal with?
  • Have you ever had to deal with a difficult or demanding boss?
  • How do you deal with change or uncertainty in your life?
  • What do you think is the best way to approach dealing with difficult customers or clients?
  • How do you deal with criticism or negative feedback?
  • How should society deal with the issue of drug addiction?
  • How should schools deal with bullying and harassment?
  • How do you deal with feeling homesick or adjusting to a new environment?
  • Have you ever had to deal with a difficult or uncomfortable travel experience?
  • How do you deal with cultural differences or language barriers while travelling?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.