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Common business idioms
2016/3/1
Last week we learn some common business word partnerships with the verbs, ‘make’, ‘get’ and ‘take’. This week, we are going to learn some business idioms to use with these three verbs:
 
Task 1: Study the idiom tables and examples below.
 
 
 
take
 
 
 
 a bit of getting used to
 a dim view of s/th
 the long view of s/th
 a firm stand against s/th/ on  s/th
 charge of
 place
 difficult to get used to something
 have a negative opinion
 look at something in the long term
 disagree with something and prevent it   from happening.
 manage or control something
 happen
 
This new job takes a bit of getting used to.
My boss takes a dim view of my request for a three week holiday every year.
We take the long view that training staff helps the company do better business.
He takes a firm stand against staff members accepting gifts from customers.
I’m in charge of personnel.
The management meeting takes place every Monday morning.
 
 
 
 
 
make
 
 
 
 
 the best of s/th
 a quick buck
 ends meet
 a go of s/th
 a killing
 do
 try to see the positive side of a negative situation
 make money easily and sometimes dishonestly
 be able to meet your expenses on a low income
 try to make a success of something
 make lots of money very quickly
 improvise
 
Even though business is very bad, we must try to make the best of it.
He always wants to make a quick buck.
I find it hard to make ends meet on my salary.
Let’s try to make a go of the new department.
We always make a killing on this kind of deal.
We don’t have enough resources, so we’ll just have to make do with what we’ve got.
 
 
 
 
get
 
 
 
 to the bottom of s/th
 s/th off the ground
 the hang of s/th
 the picture
 the sack
 -up-and-go
 find out why a mistake or problem happened
 start a project with a successful beginning
 slowly learn how to do something new
 understand
 be fired from your job because of misconduct
 have a lot of energy and initiative
 
We must get to the bottom of it before the client finds out.
It’s difficult to get this off the ground.
I get the hang of new systems quite easily.
I get the picture. You want me to resign, right?
He should give her the sack. She really messed up.
He’s got a lot of get-up-and-go. He’ll be successful.
 
*When learning and using idioms it’s very important indeed that you get the details of the idioms right. Change one word in the idiom, and it loses its meaning and just becomes a strange meaningless phrase.
 
*The only word in the idiom that can change is the verb. You must remember to use the verb in the correct tense and form, whether Ving, or V or adding ‘s’ on the end if it’s 3rd person singular present simple.
 
Task 2: Correct the mistakes in these sentences.
 
We must getting to the bottom of the problem.
 
It’s usually quite easy to get this kind of project off the earth.
 
He can never get the hang from new vocabulary.
 
I get a picture. You want to quit your job right?
 
If you make a mistake, they give you a bag.
 
They want to recruit somebody with a lot of get-up. You should apply for it.
 
Even though the situation is not good, we must try to make the better of it.
 
I’m more interested in the long term view than in making a quick cent.
 
I have a second job to make the ends meet.
 
She always make a go of anything she does.
 
We always kill someone when we sell our products.
 
I’m very good at making a do.
 
My new boss used to take a bit of get. He’s a bit strange.
 
She take a dim view of my work.
 
Planning involves looking at the long scene.
 
We stand firm against lateness in this company. Please arrive on time.
 
I in charge marketing strategy.
 
Month closing take place at the end of every month.
  
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*2016/03/04更新
  
Check out the answers below.
   
We must get to the bottom of the problem.
 
It’s usually quite easy to get this kind of project off the ground.
 
He can never get the hang of new vocabulary.
 
I get the picture. You want to quit your job right?
 
If you make a mistake, they give you the sack.
 
They want to recruit somebody with a lot of get-up-and-go. You should apply for it.
 
Even though the situation is not good, we must try to make the best of it.
 
I’m more interested in the long term view than in making a quick buck.
 
I have a second job to make ends meet.
 
She always makes a go of anything she does.
 
We always make a killing when we sell our products.
 
I’m very good at making do.
 
My new boss takes a bit of getting used to. He’s a bit strange.
 
She takes a dim view of my work.
 
Planning involves taking the long view.
 
We take a firm stand against lateness in this company. Please arrive on time.
 
I’m in charge of marketing strategy.
 
Month closing takes place at the end of every month.
 
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