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5 Essential Business English Expressions

Updated: Feb 26, 2022

These will help you get one step closer to sounding like a natural & professional English speaker in your working environment.

So, Implement these today into your daily English working life.

*To give someone a heads up:

Is to inform or warn someone in advance of something so they can prepare themselves.

I'll give you a HEADS UP on exactly how to use this expression before going into the office tomorrow!

I need to give you a heads up on exactly what's gonna be on the agenda in the meeting.

I just want to give you a heads up- the sales manager is going to have a few words with us as he's not too happy with the results.

*Beat around the bush:

Not get to the point, to avoid talking about what is important.

Stop beating around the bush and say what’s on your mind, I know you want to discuss something.

After a lot of beating around the bush, she finally got to the point and proposed to set up

a new department as she couldn't manage the large team anymore.

*To do something off-the-cuff

To do something without any preparation.

I wouldn't present the budget off-the-cuff if I were you as it will definitely look bad regarding your preparation skills.

If we gave the presentation off-the-cuff would anyone notice?

*Play it by ear

To decide what to do when the time comes instead of making a plan.

We're not really sure what to do for lunch on Friday, let's play it by ear.

Do you recommend playing it by ear in terms of investing in Bitcoin?

*To tie (up) loose ends

To complete the parts of something such as tasks that have not been completed.

I suggest you tie up some loose ends of the project before going on holidays.

We finally tied every loose at the end of the month regarding the case.


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