More Human Resources Phrasal Verbs

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‘get on’ = to have a good relationship I don’t like my boss. We just don’t get on. The atmosphere is terrible. He doesn’t get on with his co-workers. ‘follow up’ = to find out more about or take further action on something. Before we offer her the job, we need to follow up on her references. […]

Time off – expressions

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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’

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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 […]

Working Hours

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to work overtime = to do more than the usual hours required by the contract We aren’t paid when we work overtime, we can take time off in lieu. We had to work overtime to get the project finished on time. to work shifts = to work in teams at different times of the day and night […]

Expressions used with contract

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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 […]

For – part 1

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We can sometimes use for + ing to talk about the purpose of a thing. When we do, it means the same as to + infinitive. What is that for? It is for opening envelopes This bell is for calling the waiter. This bell is to call the waiter. When we talk about the purpose […]

English Phrasal Verbs – go

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If food is stored in a hot place for too long, it will ‘go off’. I think this fish has gone off. It smells terrible. If you don’t keep it in the fridge, it will soon go off. As time continues, we say that time ‘goes by’. One year went by without any news from […]

English Phrasal Verbs – out part 3

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If you are ‘tired out’ you are very tired. All this work is beginning to tire me out. I need a break. The long journey has tired me out. If you ‘back out’ of something, you decide not to do something that you had previously agreed to do. John was going to make the presentation […]

English Phrasal Verbs – out part 1

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If you ‘ask someone out’, you invite them out on a date (with the hope of romance between you.) I want to ask her out but I am too shy. He asked me out on Friday but I told him I had to wash my hair. If you ‘cut something out’, you no longer do […]

Emotions – phrasal verbs

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If something ‘gets you down’, it makes you feel unhappy. This uncertainty is beginning to get me down. The way everybody keeps complaining really gets me down If somebody or something makes you feel upset or unhappy, they ‘get to’ you. This is an informal expression. The way he whistles all the time when we […]

English Idioms – anger

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Learn new expressions in English with these exercises: If you are ‘at the end of your tether’ or ‘at the end of your rope’ (US only) you are so tired, weary or annoyed with something that you feel unable to deal with it any more. He hasn’t been able to find a job and is […]

Come Phrasal Verbs

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1. Sometimes you keep something even though you don’t need it at the time but because you think in the future it might ‘come in useful’. Keep that. It might come in useful one day. I don’t like learning English but it will come in useful when I get a job. 2. When something is […]

Be phrasal verbs

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One way to say you are leaving is to say you are ‘off’. I’m off now. See you tomorrow. It’s time I was off or I’ll be late for the meeting. If you have no more supply/stock of something you are ‘out of’ the item. We’re out of ink for the photocopier. Can you go […]

Phrasal Verbs – let

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This next lesson is about using the verb ‘to let’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to let down’ means to disappoint someone. I promised to do it, I can’t let her down. They let us down badly by not completing the work on time. ‘to let in’ means […]

Used to and would for past habits.

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Somebody asked me to explain more about ‘used to’ and ‘would’ and when we could use these. I have already wrtten this: Used to do We use ‘used to’ for something that happened regularly in the past but no longer happens. I used to smoke a packet a day but I stopped two years ago. […]

Hold phrasal verbs

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In today’s lesson we are going to look at using the verb ‘to hold’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to hold back’ means to restrain or stop something working. High rates of tax are holding back economic growth. He could easily get promotion if he were more a […]

Go phrasal verbs part 1

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This lesson is the first lesson about using the verb ‘to go’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to go about’ means to deal with or tackle a task or job. Do you know how to enrol on the course? I don’t know how to go about it. How can I […]

English Phrasal Verbs – fall

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to fall’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to fall apart’ means to break into pieces because it is badly made. It was a cheap dress. The first time I wore it, it fell apart. I had terrible problems assembling the shelves, then they […]

English Phrasal Verbs -come

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These exercises are about using the verb ‘to come’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common: ‘to come across’ means to find something by chance. Here is an old photo of me. I came across it when I was looking for my passport. I love this painting. I came across it in […]

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 […]