Nobody knows how the Indian cricket team is going to cope with the difficult and seamer-friendly wickets in Australia.

Choose the option which is closest in meaning to the bold-italic phrase in the above sentence.

  1. put up with
  2. put in with
  3. put down to
  4. put up against

My attempt :

  • put up with: tolerate
  • put in with: to partner with
  • put down to: attribute
  • put up against: to place someone into competition with someone else

‘cope with’ means 'put up with'?

Can you explain in formal way, please?

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Put up with and cope with are not exactly interchangeable.

To cope with is to take into account an adverse situation and overcome it, to deal with it.

To put up with something is merely to tolerate it but not necessarily to overcome it.

Your passage is wondering how the Indian cricket team will deal with spinners when playing Australia. Given your choices put up with would be the best choice, however overcome would be a better substitute for cope with.


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