word distinctions

September 01, 2013, 03:26 PM posted in General Discussion

Could someone please tell me the difference between 对付 and 处理? Thanks!!!!

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September 01, 2013, 03:39 PM

处理sounds pretty mechanical to me, like things being processed in a factory. 对付 sounds like the person or things being processed put up some ressistance.  For example, I might 对付 a political oppenent, but I would probably 处理 some tedious paperwork.