Business English: Making decisions
Business English: Making decisions

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Business English: Making decisions

1.2 Using phrasal verbs

Phrasal verbs are more common in spoken than in written English. They are considered less formal. In more formal contexts an equivalent can often be used. Here are some examples.

He turned up at 9.30.

He arrived at 9.30.

Please finish off the accounts.

Please complete the accounts.

I checked up on the price they quoted.

I verified the price they quoted.

In Activities 2 and 3 you practise using phrasal verbs.

Activity 2

Look at these extracts from Diana's message and match the expressions in bold with a word that has the same meaning from the box below. One sentence has two phrasal verbs.

  1. Could you carry on with the arrangements for the consultation meeting?

  2. Ask Billy to get in touch with Fred Gooch from the union and sort out a date for the meeting.

  3. Talk to Steve and find out what sort of format he thinks the meeting should have.

  4. Could you draw up a list, please?

  5. I'll ring you next Friday to see how you're getting on.

contact • progress • continue • discover • prepare • arrange

Answer

  1. Could you continue with the arrangements for the consultation meeting ...?

  2. Ask Billy to contact Fred Gooch from the union and arrange a date for the meeting.

  3. Talk to Steve and discover what sort of format he thinks the meeting should have.

  4. Could you prepare a list, please?

  5. I'll ring you next Friday to see how you're progressing.

Activity 3

Now use the phrasal verbs from Activity 2 to complete the following sentences.

  1. Please ...... a procedure for dealing with complaints.

  2. If you need to ...... me, phone me on extension 56148.

  3. How are you ...... with the relocation project?

  4. Ring the airport and ...... what time the plane lands.

  5. We'll need to ...... a convenient time at the meeting.

  6. As you have begun planning the open day I suggest you ......, while I arrange the meeting.

Answer

  1. Please draw up a procedure for dealing with complaints.

  2. If you need to get in touch with me, phone me on extension 56148.

  3. How are you getting on with the relocation project?

  4. Ring the airport and find out what time the plane lands.

  5. We'll need to sort out a convenient time at the meeting.

  6. As you have begun planning the open day I suggest you carry on, while I arrange the meeting.

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