Starting a Presentation

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In modern English, Presentations tend to be much less formal than they were even twenty years ago. Most audience these days prefer a relatively informal approach. However, there is a certain structure to the opening of a Presentation that you should observe. Get people’s attention Welcome them Introduce yourself State the purpose of your presentation […]

Phrasal Verbs – walk

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These exercises look at the verb ‘to walk’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to walk away’ means to leave an unpleasant situation that is difficult to deal with. You are responsible for this. You can’t just walk away. Don’t get involved in an argument. Just walk away. ‘to walk in […]

Business English Idioms – war

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There are a lot of expressions used in business which are borrowed from the army and from war. Here are some examples: You can ‘gain ground’ on your competition. We’ve gained ground in the Japanese market. We now have a 20% market share, up from just 7% last year. You ‘ don’t give up without […]

Phrasal Verbs – turn part 3

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These exercises continue looking at the verb ‘to turn’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to turn over’ means to move yourself or something so that you or it are facing in the opposite direction. I’d like to see the other side. Can you turn it over, please? Turn over and […]

Phrasal Verbs – turn part 1

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to turn’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to turn against’ means to change opinion to not liking or agreeing with someone or something. Since they declared war, the country has turned against the government. He is always spreading nasty stories in an attempt […]

Phrasal Verbs – turn part 2

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These exercises continue looking at the verb ‘to turn’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to turn in’ means to go to bed. It’s very late, I’m going to turn in. Come on, let’s turn in and get a good night’s sleep. ‘to turn in’ also means to produce results, usually […]

Business English – time idioms

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There are a lot of idioms talking about time as if it were money. You can spend time. *I spent 3 hours doing that. You can waste time. *I wasted an hour waiting for her. Time can be a waste. *It’s not worth going. The whole exhibition is a waste of time. You can value […]

Phrasal Verbs – throw

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to throw ‘ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to throw away’ means to get rid of something because you don’t need or want it any more. I’m going to throw away these old shoes.  I can’t wear them any more. Throw away those […]

Phrasal Verbs – think

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to think’ combined with particles: ‘to think ahead’ means to make plans or arrangements for the future. Just concentrate on today and try not to think too far ahead. We’re already thinking ahead to what will happen after the elections. ‘to think back’ means to look back over […]

Phrasal verbs – talk

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to talk ‘ combined with particles: ‘to talk at’ someone means to speak to someone without listening to them, there is no dialogue. She just talks at me. She never lets me say a word. He doesn’t talk to you, he just talks at you. ‘to talk round’ […]

Phrasal verbs- ‘take’ part 4

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Here is the final part of our look at some common expressions using the verb ‘to take ‘ combined with particles: ‘to take up’ means to start doing a hobby or activity. Since he retired, he’s taken up golf. I’m thinking of taking up yoga. It will help me relax. ‘to take up’ also means […]

Phrasal Verbs – ‘take’ part 3

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Here is the third part of our look at some common expressions using the verb ‘to take ‘ combined with particles: ‘to take someone out’ means to spend time with them at the restaurant or cinema for example. He took me out on Friday night to a lovely restaurant. I took the children out for […]

Phrasal Verbs – take part 2

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Now let’s continue looking at some common expressions using the verb ‘to take ‘ combined with particles: ‘to take in’ means to let someone stay in your house as a guest. She is taking in paying guests to help pay for her house. She took in a lodger to help pay the mortgage. ‘to take […]

Phrasal Verbs -‘take’ part 1

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Now let’s begin looking at some common expressions using the verb ‘to take ‘ combined with particles: ‘to take after’ means to resemble a parent or family member. She’s blond with blue eyes. She takes after her father. He is good at maths. He doesn’t take after me! ‘to take along’ means you take someone […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘stop’

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to stop ‘ combined with particles: Please note that some of these expressions are not used in American English. ‘to stop away’ means to deliberately not go back to a place. Since the beach was polluted by petrol, people have been stopping away. After the terrorist attacks on London, tourists […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘stay’

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Now let’s look at some common expressions using the verb ‘to stay’ combined with particles: ‘to stay ahead’ of someone or something means to remain in a better position than them We have to invest in new equipment if we want to stay ahead of the competition. The company is always looking for a way […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘stand’ part 2

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Here are some more common expressions using the verb ‘to stand’ combined with particles: ‘to stand in’ means to replace or represent someone for a short time. I’ll ask one of my colleagues to stand in while I’m away. Another actor stood in for him while he was ill. ‘to stand out’ means to be […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘stand’ part 1

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Now let’s look at the verb ‘to stand’. Here are some common expressions using this verb combined with particles: ‘to stand around’ mean to stand in a place doing very little or waiting for something. * We just stood around for half an hour waiting for the concert to begin. * Lots of teenagers just […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘sit’

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Now let’s look at the verb ‘to sit’. Here are some common expressions using this verb combined with particles: ‘to sit around’ means to spend time doing very little. They just sit around and do nothing all day. We sat around in the hotel until it stopped raining. ‘to sit back’ means to wait for […]

Understanding English Grammar – phrasal verbs ‘set’ part 2

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Here are some more common expressions using the verb ‘to set’ combined with particles: ‘to set something off’ means to cause it to start or happen. The smoke from my cooking set the smoke alarm off. The proposals for a new shopping centre have set off a very heated debate in the town. ‘to set […]