4 Mistakes English Learners make with ‘must’ and obligation

One of the main problems that English learners have is using modal verbs correctly, and ‘must’ is no exception. Here are the main mistakes that learners make with must and why you should avoid them! Mistake #1. Saying ‘must to’ First of all, lets start with the easy ones, we NEVER say ‘must to’ With all…

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The 2 practical business English uses of ‘wish’ sentences

‘Wish’ clauses can be very complicated, but there are practical uses for wish sentences which you may not know about. Using wish as a more formal word for ‘want’ Whether you are writing a formal email, or whether you are speaking formally to clients, using the phrase ‘wish to’ can make you sound more professional…

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Top Business English phrases to use at a business lunch, including 3 you definitely didn’t know!

Cafe and restaurant phrases are some of the first things you learn in English.  However, small-talk at a business lunch can be very difficult to navigate!  Of course, if you are going for a business lunch you want to impress.  So I have put together my favourite simple phrases to make those business lunches a…

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The 6 best Business English idioms which come from sport

Below I have put together the 6 most common business idioms which come from the world of sport.  Enjoy, and don’t be afraid to use them! #1 To be in the right ballpark To be in the right ballpark means to be close to the right amount when you are estimating something.  It is very common…

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Profits are soaring! My ultimate guide to describing business graphs and charts in English. Part 1: Vocabulary

When describing graphs and charts in English, there are many different verbs you can use to talk about trends.  Here is my ultimate guide to the vocabulary we use for this, which is excellent for presentations on financial performance or financial projections.  If you type any of these phrases into Google and click on ‘news’,…

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‘Sales increase’ or ‘sales are increasing’? My ultimate guide to describing business graphs and charts in English. Part 2: Tenses

Welcome to part 2 of my ultimate guide to describing charts and graphs!  If you missed part one where I talked about vocabulary click here.  Part two is all about the tenses you need to use when talking about changes and trends. Describing charts in the present time: This area is probably the biggest mistake…

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My Ultimate Guide to Describing Business English Graphs and Charts. Part 3: Putting it all together

Welcome to the 3rd part of my ultimate guide to describing charts and graphs.  If you missed parts one and two, check out my guides to vocabulary for graphs and verb tenses for graphs. After learning about vocabulary and verb tenses for describing charts and graphs, there are just a few things we need to…

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One group of business verbs that English learners always get wrong in emails. Here’s how to get them right!

One of the most common mistakes that I see on the end of business emails is the phrase: I look forward to hear from you  This may look correct to an English learner, but it looks very strange to a native English speaker. The correct version should be: I look forward to hearing from you …

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