Phrasal Verbs – back

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to back ‘ combined with particles: ‘to back away from’ something or someone means to retreat or move backwards from something, usually slowly, because you are frightened of them. When I saw the snake, I slowly backed away from it and called for help. He tried to back […]

Business English Idioms – Memory

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If you “can’t get a word in edgeways”, this means that you have no chance to say anything. So many people were trying to speak that I couldn’t get a word in edgeways. It’s also possible to say “can’t get a word in edgewise”. Kate never stops talking. It’s difficult to get a word in […]

Phrasal Verbs – ask

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to ask ‘ combined with particles: ‘to ask after’ someone means to ask for information about how they are and what they are doing. Sue was asking after you. I told her you were fine. He asked after my mother. He wanted to know how she was doing. […]

Presentations – signposting

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When we are giving a presentation, there are certain key words we use to ’signpost’ different stages in our presentation. These words are not difficult to learn but it is absolutely essential that you memorize them and can use them when you are under pressure giving a presentation. When you want to make your next […]

Phrasal Verbs – write

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These exercises look at the verb ‘to write’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to write away for’ something means to send a letter or form asking for something. I want a free copy so I’ll write away for one. She has written away for a brochure with details of the […]

Business expressions with ‘back’

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Learn new expressions in English with these exercises: I don’t suppose I need to tell you that ‘back’ can mean the part of your body that you can lie on or, more generally, the opposite of ‘front’. I’ve hurt my back and I can’t lift anything heavy. You’ll find it in the back of the […]

Phrasal verbs – work

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These exercises look at the verb ‘to work’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to work against’ means to cause problems for someone or something, make it harder to achieve. When you are applying for a job, age often works against you. Their image works against them. They need to change […]

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 […]