What did they say again?

English is rich in id­iomatic ex­pres­sions — and us­ing them can make your lan­guage sound au­then­tic and up to date.

Business Spotlight - - CONTENTS -

First, the id­iomatic way

Rob: Morn­ing, Sam. Is ev­ery­thing still run­ning smoothly?

Sam: Per­fectly. We just got the go -ahead from the client.

Rob: That’s fan­tas­tic! Let me know if I can lend a help­ing hand.

Now, more sim­ply

Rob: Morn­ing, Sam. Is ev­ery­thing still go­ing well with­out any prob­lems?

Sam: Per­fectly. We just re­ceived ap­proval from the client.

Rob: That’s fan­tas­tic! Let me know if I can help you in any way.

First, the id­iomatic way

Rob: These ex­tra re­quests came in at the eleventh hour. I’d love to turn them down flat!

Sam: Wow! They’ll put us back an­other week.

Rob: I’ll find out if there’s any

wig­gle room on the timeline.

Now, more sim­ply

Rob: These ex­tra re­quests came in at the last mo­ment. I’d love to say we can’t do them!

Sam: Wow! They’ll delay us by an­other week.

Rob: I’ll find out if they can move things around on the timeline.

First, the id­iomatic way

Rob: Some­how, we must have got our wires crossed. I thought you were work­ing on the re­quests. Sam: I have too much on my plate. Julie of­fered to pitch in. Rob: Make sure you keep me in the loop in fu­ture, Sam.

Sam: My bad. Sorry.

Now, more sim­ply

Rob: Some­how, we didn’t com­mu­ni­cate very well with each other. I thought you were work­ing on the re­quests.

Sam: I’ve got too much work. Julie of­fered to help.

Rob: Make sure you in­form me in fu­ture, Sam.

Sam: My mis­take. Sorry.

First, the id­iomatic way

Rob: So, yet again, we only just came in un­der the wire.

Sam: More by ac­ci­dent than by de­sign!

Rob: We have to keep our projects on track from the get-go. Sam: It might help to build in a buf­fer. Or change the client!

Now, more sim­ply

Rob: So, yet again, we only just barely fin­ished on time.

Sam: Thanks more to luck than plan­ning.

Rob: We have to keep our projects on sched­ule from the very be­gin­ning.

Sam: It might help to give us some ex­tra time. Or change the client!

Can I lend a help­ing hand?

Do you have too much on your plate?

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