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The difference between behave and treat?



tugce-cenk
Turkey

The difference between behave and treat?
 
Any idea about the difference between behave and treat?

10 Dec 2008      



cgato
Portugal

Hi!
 
Behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself
 
treat: interact in a certain way;Provide treatment for..
 
Anyway try this site: http://thesaurus.reference.com/
 
Hope it helps!

10 Dec 2008     



Pietro
United States

And what confuses you, could you give some sentences where their usage is not clear?

10 Dec 2008     



tugce-cenk
Turkey

thanks for your helps. I canīt make out the meanings of those words.
 
For example,
 
The teacher behaves his students very badly so they donīt like him.
 
Is this a true sentence?

10 Dec 2008     



Pietro
United States

Well, I think thatīs not any difficulty with Russian speakers, thatīs why your question sounded strange to me.

So, letīs see:

TREAT [transitive] - if you treat someone or something in a particular way, you behave towards them or deal with them in that way.

BEHAVE [intransitive] - the way that you behave is the way that you do or say things, and the thing that you do and say. Synonym for: act.

10 Dec 2008     



Pietro
United States

Yep, I completely agree with _ladybird_. The only possible example of "behave+direct object" I can make out is: "Behave yourself!". No other direct objects can be used.

10 Dec 2008     



tugce-cenk
Turkey

I am really confused :)

10 Dec 2008     



tugce-cenk
Turkey

Okey... I see now. If the verb ītreatī is transitive, My sentence should be just like ladybird has written. Thanks for your help.

10 Dec 2008     



tugce-cenk
Turkey

Thanks...

10 Dec 2008