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add x to y vs treat y with x
(1) In ordinary English, they are different in meaning as below.
'add x to y'
Add to means "to put something with
something else to increase the number or amount or to improve the whole"
Example: She's added a Picasso to her collection.
'treat y with x'
Treat with means "to
behave towards someone or deal with something in a particular way"
For example: I treat
remarks like that with the contempt that
(2) In chemistry, 'add x to y' and 'treat y with x' can both means "to bring x and y together for a chemical reaction", in addition to the ordinary English meanings.