So, I was just writing an essay as part of my summer holiday homework, and I got stuck at this phrase - is it "cope up", "cope with" or "cope up with"? Naturally, cope up with sounds okay, as I have heard many people use it while speaking... but I think that cope with should be correct??

Which one should I use? If more than one is correct in different contexts, please explain the meaning of all that are correct, thanks.

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    By chance are you an Indian English speaker or do you live in an English speaking country? It could be that "cope up with" is used in your dialect but it is totally unfamiliar to me. In my dialect it's cope with
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 1 at 5:35
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    Please supply the context you have in mind for this phrase. Odd turns of phrase sometimes work when given suitable context.
    – Lawrence
    May 1 at 5:41
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    Indian English has many expressions in common with BrEng but it is a well-established English dialect with its own set of rules concerning grammar and usages.
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 1 at 5:51
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    Find me the dictionary entry which mentions "cope up with", if you can't find one then you have your answer. Try Cambridge, Webster-Merriam, Lexico, Macmillan and Longman.
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 1 at 6:07
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    @Raghavendra Singh If you are supposed to be using standard English then "cope with" is the only option. If you are supposed to be using Indan dialect then, presumably, "cope up with" would be acceptable but it will identify you as a dialect speaker to most, if not all, speakers of other dialects of English. The words "marra" and "hinny" for "friend" and "darling" would mark North East England dialect to those familiar with them and "hood" and "bonnet" for the engine bay cover of a car would identify US and UK dialect speakers to esch other.
    – BoldBen
    May 1 at 6:08

“Cope up with” incorrect. You can use ‘Cope with’ to mean deal successfully with a difficult situation or job. “Cope up” is an interpretation that is sometimes used incorrectly in place of “keep up.”

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