Common business phrasal verbs

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作者:Quentin Brand

 

8 more essential phrasal verbs for dealing with problems

Last month we learnt some phrasal verbs for dealing with problems. This month we are going to learn some more very important and useful verbs for dealing with problems.

Task 1:  Study the language bank below.

work around s/th
meaning: continue working in spite of problems trying to stop you.
example: We haven’t got the resources we need? We’ll just have to work around it.

work s/th out
meaning: manage to succeed
example: I think we can work it out on our own, even though it’s difficult.

use up s/th
meaning: use a quantity of s/th so that there is none left
example: We need to get some more paper for the copier. It’s all used up.

ask around
meaning: find information by asking lots of people
example: Let’s try to find a cheaper supplier. Let me ask around.

put up with s/th
meaning: tolerate
example: We’ll just have to put up with his rudeness: he’s a big client.

put s/th aside
ignore something so you can concentrate on something else
example: Let’s put this aside and finish it when we’ve had the meeting.

put s/th back
meaning: delay something
example: This mechanical failure is going to put the project back about 2 months.

put s/th off
meaning: postpone
Let’s put off this project until we can find a buyer for it.

 

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

Question

  • Ok, let’s move on to the next item on the agenda now. Mary, do you have anything to report on your project? I understand that you’ve been having problems with it.
  • Yes, John we have actually. The main problem, really, is that we’ve _  _(1)  __ all the raw materials we need. Someone in the purchasing department didn’t order enough, and now we don’t have any more. Also, our supplier doesn’t have any available now. This will probably _ _(2)____ the project ___   ___ a bit. I’m recommending that we _ _(3)___ the scheduled completion date for 6 months.
  • Ok, well, that’s rather serious isn’t it. Is there any way you can ___(4)____ the shortage?
  • Well, no, not really. Without the raw material, we can’t go ahead with the manufacturing. Everything else is ready.
  • I see. Well, don’t worry, we’ll ___(5)___ and see if we can find any other suppliers with enough supplies of the raw materials. I’m sure we can _ _(6)___ something ___  ____. In the meantime, I guess we’ll just have to ___(7)____ the delay. Ok, let’s __    (8)  _ that _________ now and go on to the next item on the agenda, which is the company pension fund.

Answer

Here are the answers for this week’s phrasal verbs. Pleass note the position of the objects.

  • Ok, let’s move on to the next item on the agenda now. Mary, do you have anything to report on your project? I understand that you’ve been having problems with it.
  • Yes, John we have actually. The main problem, really, is that we’ve used up all the raw materials we need. Someone in the purchasing department didn’t order enough, and now we don’t have any more. Also, our supplier doesn’t have any available now. This will probably put the project back a bit. I’m recommending that we put off the scheduled completion date for 6 months.
  • Ok, well, that’s rather serious isn’t it. Is there any way you can work around the shortage?
  • Well, no, not really. Without the raw material, we can’t go ahead with the manufacturing. Everything else is ready.
  • I see. Well, don’t worry, we’ll ask around and see if we can find any other suppliers with enough supplies of the raw materials. I’m sure we can work something out. In the meantime, I guess we’ll just have to put up with the delay. Ok, let’s put that aside for now and go on to the next item on the agenda, which is the company pension fund.

 

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