Tag: Expressions


We can use let to mean to rent out a house. We moved to Australia and let our house in London. A major use of let is for talking about ‘allowing’ and ‘permission’. My mother let me come. I let her leave early. One pattern is let followed by an OBJECT followed by a BARE INFINITIVE She let […]

Time off – expressions

Learn the vocabulary to talk about being absent from jobs in English: to take time off = to be absent from work, at home or on vacation. I’m going to take a few days off to visit my parents. I’m taking Monday off to go to the dentist and do some jobs at home. to take […]

Expressions concerned with ‘change’

Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about the many changes that take place in a company or organization : ‘to promote’ = to move someone up to a higher position in the organization. He handed his notice in last month when he didn’t get promoted to senior manager. She wants to be promoted to supervisor […]

Expressions used with ‘management’

The top people in a company can be called ‘senior management’. We need to get approval for this from senior management. With my qualifications and experience, I should have a job in senior management. Of course, another term for this is ‘top management’. He rose quickly through the company and had a top management position before he […]

Expressions used with contract

Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about job contracts: A ‘binding contract’ is one which cannot be legally avoided or stopped. We have a legally binding contract and you must supply us with these services.  You can’t walk out on your binding contract just because you have received a better offer elsewhere. An ‘exclusive contract’ is one which […]

Expressions used with ‘career’

Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about the evolution of your jobs since you began working: If your ‘career has its ups and downs’ , it has good moments and bad moments. My career has had its ups and downs but I’m doing very well at the moment. His career has its ups and downs but […]

For – part 2

We can use for to mean ‘because’. We only use this in very formal English. The divers have to be careful for a sudden change in conditions could be dangerous. Read the instructions carefully for you will only get one chance to enter the information. We can use for to talk about a purpose or […]

Up Phrasal Verbs 2

There is a group of expressions using ‘up’ where the ‘up’ is not necessary. For example you can say ‘fill’ or ‘fill up’ and it means almost the same thing. So why do we add the ‘up’? Well one possible answer is that ‘we do it because we do it’ – we have just developed […]

More Animal Idioms

Learn new expressions in English with these exercises: If you search for something which is futile, pointless or unattainable, you are on a ‘wild-goose chase’. He sent us on a wild-goose chase for a book that isn’t being published until next year. She sent us on a wild-goose chase looking for their beach house. A […]

Idioms- animals

Learn new expressions in English with these exercises: If you have an idea that has become an obsession, you have a ‘bee in your bonnet’. He’s got a bee in his bonnet about politically correct language. She’s got a bee in her bonnet about recycling. When somebody loses a boyfriend or girlfriend, we can tell […]

Business English Idioms – health

Here are some idioms to do with health. To say that you are in good health, you can use the expressions ‘as fit as a fiddle’ or ‘fighting fit’. I’ve never felt better. I’m really fighting fit. After those vitamins the doctor gave me, I feel as fit as a fiddle. (Yes, ‘fiddle’ is another […]

Business English Idioms – war

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 […]