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Tapping into your Target Audience – Useful Business English Phrases for Marketing

Here is a selection of my favourite advanced Business English phrases for marketing! to gain exposure ‘To gain exposure’ means to get attention for your product or service.  In marketing, this commonly refers to attention in the media or social media. We can gain exposure for our product or our company, or alternatively we can…

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Top 10 Business English Phrasal Verbs for making (and breaking!) Business Arrangements

Phrasal verbs used for making (and breaking!) arrangements are useful across all sectors of business.  Here are my top 10! to call off This means the same as to cancel an arrangement.  The word ‘cancel’ is just as good here in my opinion.  This is a nice alternative which can still be used formally: “We…

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Let’s Keep a Lid on Spending – English Idioms for Company Budgets and Spending

Keeping within budget is always a nightmare for companies taking on big projects. Here is a list of idioms that you can use when you are getting close to exceeding it!   have room for manoeuvre If we have room for manoeuvre, it means we have opportunities to change something, or find different ways of doing…

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Advanced Business Phrases that you can use in any situation!

Here is a selection of advanced Business phrasal verbs and general phrases that you can use in any Business English situation.  All of these phrases have very simple translations as well, so they are fairly easy to get into your active spoken English immediately! carry out This phrasal verb simply means to ‘do’ something.  We…

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Annoyed business partners arguing during meeting

Phrases for Dealing with Conflict and Heated Discussions in a Meeting

We have all been in meetings where the discussion has become quite heated, here is my guide to calming down any potential conflict! When too many people are trying to speak at the same time: “If we could just let him/her finish, (everyone will have their chance to speak)” “Let’s listen to each other’s opinion respectfully…

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Freedom lover’s guide to the first conditional

As you may already know, a conditional sentence is made by 2 parts: 1. The if part 2. The other part. In many grammar textbooks they tell you that to form the 1st conditional you use the following structure:            If part                 other part If + present…

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The main mistake English learners make when using the present continuous

The main problem that students have with the present tenses is that they use the present simple too much, but some learners do the opposite. Basically, the present simple tense is used to talk about long-term situations, or situations that are always true.  The present continuous tense is used to talk about temporary situations. For…

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For all the bosses out there – How to give very polite instructions in English

Politeness in English is something that many learners have problems with.  When giving in instructions to new members of staff, or people you don’t know very well, it can be very important to know how to ask politely   Luckily, this can be reduced to a few small phrases in English.  Here is a list of…

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2 Mistakes English Learners always make with ‘will’

One of the main mistakes English learners make with will is that they use it too often.  To find out more about how future tenses work, check out my diagram! Here are 2 main mistakes learners make with will and why you should avoid them! Mistake #1. Using will to talk about your future plans…

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Sound Professional in your Next Meeting with these Passive Phrases!

Many of my students have problems with using the passive, and grammar books often make this feel more complicated whenever they use long grammatical terms to describe these phrases. I have put together the most common situations when you can use passive sentences in meetings, and I promise there will be no complicated grammar terms!…

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