Here are some more office expressions you can start practicing!
touch base = make or renew contact with someone by phone, email or face-to face
“Let’s touch base after the Christmas holidays so we can start the planning.”
“I am going to touch base with an old colleague to see if she is interested in the sales manager’s position.”
Interjections are short little sounds such as oh!, um…, or huh?
We mainly use them in speaking.
They have no grammatical connection within a sentence.
In writing, we often use an exclamation mark (!) after an interjection.
“Hey John, are you coming? Hurry up!”
A: “Do you want to go to New York for the weekend?”
B: “Um“, I’d like to, but I don’t have any spare money at the moment.”
These are expressions you may hear in many English-speaking offices.
going forward = make a positive plan for the future
“During our meeting, we decided that going forward we need a more strategic social media campaign.”
“Going forward, our sales team must communicate with customers more regularly.”
action + something = make it happen (means the same as ‘do it’)
These show continuous behavior, but there is a difference in how you apply them.
as busy/aggressive/lazy as ever = the person always shows this characteristic, it is his/her normal behavior. It can be a positive or negative adjective.
Tom is as busy as ever. He works 7 days a week.
My secretary is as efficient as ever. I never have to ask her to do anything twice.
The ‘adverbs of degree’ very and too can be confusing, so let’s study the difference!
Look at the two sentences. How are they different?
A: It is very hot.
B: It is too hot.
A is a simple statement – It’s HOT! In this sentence, ‘too’ is the same as ‘really’.
However, B shows difficulty. For example, it may be so hot that people are getting sick (heat exhaustion).
tell someone off: express unhappiness or disapproval with another person in a strong way
“I told my son off for lying to me about stealing the money.”
“I was really upset after my manager told me off for not including her in the meeting.”
tell on someone: report bad behavior (usually used by children)
“If you don’t do your homework, I’ll tell on you.”
Both of these adjectives describe a negative condition of food, but there is a big difference between them.
stale (adj) = food that has gone hard with time…like bread or cake.
“Can you buy some fresh bread for breakfast on the way home? The loaf we have is stale.”
spoiled (adj) = food is unfit to eat….like over ripe fruit or meat, or milk that has gone sour.
throw out/away = put something in the garbage or get rid of it
‘Canadians don’t throw out plastic containers; they recycle them.’
‘Did you throw away the leftovers from last night’s dinner? I wanted to eat them for dinner.’
‘I need to clean the fridge and throw out the old food. It smells terrible.’
throw out = remove someone from a place either by force or by law.
Below are the 20 English words people say incorrectly.
Many are spelled with old-fashioned letter combinations, or have letters that are difficult to say when connected.
Give them a try!
1. Phenomenon (fi-nom-uh-non)
2. Anaesthetist (uh-nes-thi-tist)
3. Remuneration (ri-myoo – nuh-reyshun)
4. Statistics (stuh-tis-tiks)
5. Ethnicity (eth-nis-i-tee)
6. Philosophical (fil-uh-sof-i-kuhl)
7. Provocatively (pruh-vok-uh-tiv)
8. Anonymous (uh-non-uh-muhs)
9. Thesaurus (thi-sawr-uhs)
Maybe is an adverb that means “perhaps”.
A: “Do you want to see a movie tonight?”
B: “Maybe. What do you want to see?”
A little trick to help: replace maybe with perhaps and see if it still works…
A: “Are you going out tonight?”
B: “Perhaps. I’ll see how tired I am later.”
If this sounds OK, then maybe is correct!
- Office expressions – Part 2
- Speaking lesson: interjections
- Office expressions – Part 1
- Grammar lesson – ‘as (adjective) as ever’ v. ‘as usual’
- Grammar – too v. very
- Phrasal verbs with TELL
- Vocabulary Lesson = stale v. spoiled
- Phrasal verbs with THROW
- Pronunciation…the most difficult words
- Grammar Lesson: maybe v. may be
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