English Lessons Houston Part 4 “Business Phrasal Verbs”
English Lessons Houston, Business Phrasal Verbs 4
Hi Students! Welcome to Part 4 of English lessons on Phrasal Verbs. In this English lesson, we will be studying phrasal verbs that are used in the American business culture.
Power ahead: To do what needs to be done to get something done.
- The Chinese government has powered ahead and the economy has grown stronger.
- Come on! Let’s power ahead and get this project finished on time.
Break even: When a company breaks even, they make enough money to pay their bills, but not enough money to make a profit.
Get the ball rolling: To get started.
- It’s time to start the meeting. Mr. Yu will get the ball rolling and give us an update.
Turn around: When there is a change in business, for example a business begins to make a profit.
- Last year our company lost money, but this year I think we can turn it around and make a profit.
Join forces: To work together to get something done.
- Last week, the software experts and the engineers joined forces to complete the project on time.
Table a discussion or project. To stop talking about or stop working on something temporarily.
- My manager agreed to table the discussion about the new budget and talk about it again next month.
- When BP realized that the reservoir project would be very expensive, they decided to scale it down and make it smaller.
Take action: To do something suddenly.
- When I realized that the computer system wasn’t working, I took action and called the IT department.
Deal with: To do business with someone, or to do something about a situation.
- Davi was coming in late every morning and our supervisor finally dealt with it and told him to be on time or find another job.
- CNPC is dealing with many vendors in Sudan.
Get behind: To support something, an idea or a thing.
I want to work for Tricon Energy. That’s a company I can get behind!
Stress out: To feel nervous and anxious.
Last week, I had so many projects that I got stressed out and felt sick.
Look ahead: To think about and plan for the future. (also “plan ahead”)
The purchasing department is looking ahead and working on the budget for 2015.
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