Hi everyone, welcome back to another episode of The Art of Business English. Today we are going to look at the final part of my 3-part mini-series designed to teach you 10 must know phrasal verbs for business.

If you haven’t already watched episode 2 of the mini-series, then you can review it [here].

One great way to pick up new phrasal verbs is to check the list of meanings when you look up a verb in the dictionary. Phrasal verbs are usually listed under the alternative meanings for verbs, so it is a quick and easy way to increase your knowledge. My recommendation would be to use an online dictionary like “Word Reference”, it’s a very useful tool.

Other good places to find phrasal verbs are in business emails, and in of course in the business news. Reading an article, a day will go long way to improving your range of vocabulary.

 So, let’s dive into today’s episode.


Chip in

Meaning:

To give some help.

Example:

“If everyone chips in, we will be able to finish the job by lunch time.”

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Cut down on

Meaning:

To reduce, make something less.

Example:

“We will be cutting down on the electricity bill by installing solar panels.”

Cut out

Meaning:

To completely remove or erase.

Example:

“Last year we cut out spending on TV commercials in order to increase our online marketing budget.”

Weigh up

Meaning:

To think carefully about something.

Example:

“We’ve tried a lot of strategies, but we need to zero in on what’s actually working.”

Bring forward

Meaning:

To change the schedule of something so that it happens earlier/to make something known.

Example:

“The HR department brought forward the time of the meeting to suit everyone.”

Do away with

Meaning:

To discard; to put an end to.

Example:

“They did away with bonuses last year because their profits were so low.”

Go against

Meaning:

To compete; oppose.

Example:

“We're going against three or four other contractors. Be sure to bid low.”

Try something out

Meaning:

To test or use something experimentally.

Example:

“We're going to try the product out for a few weeks and let you know what we think.”

Set up

Meaning:

To arrange; organize.

Example:

“I'll set up the conference call and send you the invite.”

Sort out

Meaning:

To resolve a problem or situation.

Example:

“No one is sure who is on call this weekend; we're calling a meeting to sort it out.”

Final thoughts

Well, there you have it folks, the last episode in my mini-series on must know phrasal verbs for business.

I hope you found this episode interesting and useful. If you have any questions or would like to add your own phrasal verbs to the list, then why don’t you send me a message on speakpipe or drop me a comment on the blog.

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See you next week. Take care.

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Andrew


Andrew is the CEO and founder of the Art of Business English. Besides teaching and coaching native Spanish speakers in Business English, he is also passionate about mountain biking, sailing and healthy living. When He is not working, Andrew loves to spend time with his family and friends.

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