Common business phrasal verbs

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作者:Quentin Brand

 

6 essential phrasal verbs for dealing with buying and selling

This week we focus on buying and selling. Here are some phrasal verbs you can use during the process of negotiating a deal.

Task 1:  Study the language bank below.

work s/th out
meaning: calculate the cost or price
example: I’m working out my budget for next year.

work out at s/th
meaning: add up to a total of
example: Your final bill works out at $1570.

interest s/o in s/th
meaning: try to sell s/th to s/o
example: Can I interest you in our new product?

be interested in s/th
meaning: be interested in s/th
example: We’re interested in forming an alliance with your company.

put s/th at
meaning: calculate the price
example: I put the final cost at $150,000. What have you got?

put in an order
meaning: place an order to buy something
example: If you put in your order before the end of the month, we’ll give you a discount.

 

Task 2: Complete the gaps in this conversation with a phrasal verb. Then underline the complete phrasal verb.

Question

  • While we’re here, we also _ __(1)_   _ your product XYZ1. Can we __ (2)___ an order for 1000 units for that as well?
  • Of course you can. However, can I ___ (3) ___ you ________ XYZ 2, which is a more up-to-date model of XYZ1 and has more functionality? Here, take a look.
  • Hm, yes, that’s good. Ok, we’ll take a 1000 units of that then, instead of the XYZ1. What does that _  __(4)____?
  • Ok, let me just ___ _(5)_  __. Mmm. Er. Mmm Ok. I _   _(6)_    _ $125,000. Is that ok?
  • Wow, that’s a lot. Can you give me a discount?

Answer

  • While we’re here, we also are interested in your product XYZ1. Can we put in an order for 1000 units for that as well?
  • Of course you can. However, can I interest you in XYZ 2, which is a more up-to-date model of XYZ1 and has more functionality? Here, take a look.
  • Hm, yes, that’s good. Ok, we’ll take a 1000 units of that then, instead of the XYZ1. What does that work out at?
  • Ok, let me just work it out. Mmm. Er. Mmm Ok. I put it at $125,000. Is that ok?
  • Wow, that’s a lot. Can you give me a discount?

 

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