In the British TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous, one of the characters once said “You can never have too many hats, gloves and shoes”. This might be true for people working in fashion, but for English learners, I’d say: “You can never have too many phrasal verbs!”.
We use phrasal verbs every day and in nearly every sentence when we speak English. They are so common in English that you can even find whole dictionaries and textbooks dedicated to them.
Here are 7 useful phrasal verbs that work well in a business situation:
- ‘Deal with’ – to be responsible for managing a situation.
E.g. “You dealt with that situation well. It’s all under control now.”
- ‘Sort out’ – to find a solution for something.
E.g. “Thank you for sorting out the problems with my e-mail. It works perfectly now.”
- ‘Bail out’ – to give someone help (often by lending or donating money) when they are in a very difficult situation.
E.g. “We were in real trouble when our client refused to pay; I’m glad the bank bailed us out.”
- ‘Take over‘– to become in control of something.
E.g. “This department has performed so much better since Simon took over. He’s a great manager.”
- ‘Take on’ – to accept a task.
E.g. “I’m pleased to offer you a promotion and I hope you will take on this new challenge.”
- ‘Cut back’ – to reduce something.Ç
E.g. “We don’t have much money in our budget, so we are going to have to cut back on our spending?”
- ‘Back up’ – to support a person or an opinion.
E.g. “I’m not sure everyone will agree with me about this plan. Will you back me up in the meeting so I have some support?”
Challenge: Can you write a paragraph using all of these phrasal verbs? Give it a try in the EF English Live comments section below.
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