Phrasal Verbs Used in Business

Today’s English ESL grammar topic of the day is a set of phrasal verbs in the business world. Read through the different phrasal verbs and their meanings. Begin to think about when you could use these phrasal verbs in your own job. Once you feel confident with your new phrases, be sure to take the quiz at the end!

Different phrasal verbs:

  1. called in = asked to do something
  • I was called in by my boss to cover my coworkers’ shift
  1. catch up = do something that should be done
  • Since returning from vacation, I have so many colleagues to catch up
  1. give in = surrender
  • We should not give in to the competitors threats but believe in company’s abilities.
  1. get back to you = reply on that.
  • Sorry, but I will need to get back to you about if I can attend that meeting.
  1. work something out = agree
  • Do you think we can work something out so we both do not need to fly to Japan for the business trip?
  1. step in = take their place
  • When my boss was sick, I decided to step in for my boss.
  1. run this by = tell
  • I must run this by my client before I approve of the new campaign.
  1. put in a good word = say something positive
  • Your previous employer put in a good word for you when I called her regarding your new job.
  1. turn to = get help from

I hope you know you can always turn to me for help if you are feeling overwhelmed at work.

Phrasal Verbs Used in Business - Quiz

Complete the sentences.

Going Green

If we want to last as long as we can on this planet we will need to act in a more sustainable way. This means that we need to live in a way that can continue indefinitely with the resources that are available to us. Many people sum this up in the phrase, “Going green.” Something that’s green may not be referring to its color but to how eco-friendly it is. Examples that make things green are if they use renewable resources, if they are safe for the environment, if they are biodegradable, if they are energy efficient, and anything else that may help the environment. Often this is specifically talking about things that may affect the weather and create climate change. Climate change could lead to global warming which may melt the ice caps and cause catastrophic flooding, make severe weather more common like hurricanes or tornadoes, and higher temperatures may also lead to more wildfires.

What can we do? Why is it happening?

Too much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may be causing global warming, so reducing everyone’s carbon footprint would help humanity become carbon neutral. By going green we will be reducing the amount of carbon released in the atmosphere which will slow the warming of the atmosphere and prevent many potential disasters!

Green - Vocabulary Excercise

Match the word to its definition.

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Protests – ESL Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Quiz

In this post you will be learning about an uncommon activity, protesting! A protest is when a group of people come together to voice a shared opinion in the hopes that a grievance can be fixed. Grievances are often about things like money, time, freedoms, or simply respect. Protests can come in all different sizes, from students occupying a school to revolutionaries overthrowing the government.

There are different types of protests as well, some involving the public and others focusing only on the relationship between the protester and the one they are protesting against. A sit-in is common for students, they occupy school but refuse to attend classes for example. Or a hunger strike may be performed by prisoners when they refuse to eat anything until conditions change. Picketers stand outside a business holding their namesake signs on sticks to warn others about an unfair practice. A march is when a group of people walk the streets and block traffic holding banners to let their struggles be known. Strikers go on strike and refuse to perform their jobs perhaps at a factory or in Milan if they work for public transportation! These are examples of nonviolent protests. Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr are famous for their nonviolent approach to protesting.

Protests Quiz

Fill in the blank with the correct word!

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