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4 Business English Phrasal Verbs to keep You in Action

Updated: Feb 18


Let's break down the meaning of these phrasal verbs so you can narrow them down and choose the one that works best for you!



Narrow Down: To reduce the number of options or possibilities.
Narrow down something/narrow something down.

NARROW DOWN your options in order to make the right choice.
We eventually NARROWED the selection process DOWN to just 2 candidates, it was a tough decision.


Turn down: To refuse something offered to you.
Turn down something/turn something down.

I'm sorry but I'll have to TURN your offer DOWN, I'm happy in my current job.
You're very kind, but I'll have to TURN DOWN that delicious food, I'm quite full.


Let Down: To disappoint someone.
Let down someone/let someone down.

My team never LET me DOWN, they always work hard.
I would feel terrible if I LET DOWN my workmate, I need to do my fair share of work.


Break Down: To divide something into smaller parts.
Break down something/ break something down.

The balance sheet is BROKEN DOWN into sections to make it clearer.
Would you min BREAKING the job DOWN into individual tasks for thee trainee.
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