Tag: Money

Jobs – money

‘gross salary’ is the salary before anything is deducted for contributions and tax. Her gross salary is £50 000 but obviously she takes home considerably less than that. He earns £40 000 a year gross. ‘net salary’ is the salary that you are paid after deductions have made My gross salary is around £60 000 but the […]

Business English Vocabulary – pay part 2

We all go to work to earn money. Let’s look at more vocabulary to talk about our salaries: ‘gross salary’ is the salary before anything is deducted for contributions and tax. Her gross salary is £50 000 but obviously she takes home considerably less than that. He earns £40 000 a year gross. ‘net salary’ is the […]

Business Vocabulary – employment

If you ‘hire’ someone, you employ them. We hired him on a six month contract. I hear that they are not hiring people at the moment because of budget problems. If you ‘fire’ somebody, you dismiss them from their job, usually because of something they did. I had to fire Sally because she kept on making mistakes. If you […]

Idioms – way

If you ‘pave the way’ it means to make progress easier. The agreement on trade paves the way for better relations between the countries. The discovery paved the way to the development of a new drug to treat diabetes. If you are ‘set in your ways’ , you resist any changes. He’s only 45 but […]

Phrasal Verbs – let

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 […]

Keep phrasal verbs

This lesson looks at the verb ‘to keep’ combined with particles: ‘to keep at’ something means to continue doing something even if it is hard or unpleasant. Learning phrasal verbs is hard so you have to keep at it every day. I had to finish so I kept at it for an hour before I […]

Phrasal Verbs – give

Let’s have a look at the verb ‘to give’ combined with particles. Here are some of the most common expressions: ‘to give away’ means to give something for free, for no payment. In this issue of the magazine, they are giving away a free CD I gave away all my old clothes that were too […]

Phrasal Verbs – walk

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 […]

Phrasal Verbs – turn part 3

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 […]

Understanding English Grammar – run part 2

Let’s continue looking at the verb ‘to run’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to run into’ someone means to meet them unexpectedly. I ran into Jane in reception. I hadn’t seen her for ages. Sara ran into her ex-boyfriend in the supermarket. She said it was very embarrassing. […]

Phrasal Verbs – pull part 1

Our next verb is ‘to pull’ combined with particles. Here is the first lesson about some of the most common. Read the examples carefully then do the exercises on the right. ‘to pull apart’ means to separate two or more things. I didn’t like the dress when I had finished, so I pulled it apart […]

Word Grammar – Let part 1

In today’s lesson, we’re going to look at the use of ‘let’ in some common phrasal verbs. In the second part, we’ll look at the common grammar patterns using ‘let’. This  lesson is about using the verb ‘to let’ combined with particles. Here are some more of the most common expressions: ‘to let down’ means […]