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Common business idioms
2016/7/12
Let’s work on getting the accurate details of the idioms we’ve been learning this month. Remember that normally the only word in the idiom that you can change is the tense of the verb. Apart from that change, the idiom has to be completely accurate.
 
But here, please notice that ‘from the word go’ and ‘touch and go’ are very fixed. You can’t change anything in these idioms, not even the verb tense. 
 
Task 1: Correct the mistakes in these sentences.
 
Figures just go into one ear and out from the other. I can never remember them.
--> Figures just go in one ear and out from the other. I can never remember them.
 
From the word went I really liked working there.
 
Her work leaves a lot of things to be desired.
 
His wife holds the purse string.
 
I didn’t think we could finish the project on time. It was touch and went.
 
I’m trying to hold some things together, but it’s difficult.
 
Just when things were getting hard, she left me in a lurch.
 
Our products are all in a line with European standards.
 
We need to bring her the book if we want her work to improve.
 
While I go away on business, please hold the place for me.
 
Her performance has gone beyond the joke. Fire her immediately.
 
High demand usually goes hand in hand together with high prices.
 
I tried to hold my grounds in the negotiations, but I think I gave away too much.
 
The points you make in your proposal do not really hold enough water.
 
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*2016/07/15更新
 
Here are the answers to the previous task. Check out the answers below.
 
From the word went I really liked working there.
--> From the word go I really liked working there.
 
Her work leaves a lot of things to be desired.
--> Her work leaves a lot to be desired.
 
His wife holds the purse string.
--> His wife holds the purse strings.
 
I didn’t think we could finish the project on time. It was touch and went.
--> I didn’t think we could finish the project on time. It was touch and go.
 
I’m trying to hold some things together, but it’s difficult.
--> I’m trying to hold things together, but it’s difficult.
 
Just when things were getting hard, she left me in a lurch.
--> Just when things were getting hard, she left me in the lurch.
 
Our products are all in a line with European standards.
--> Our products are all in line with European standards.
 
We need to bring her the book if we want her work to improve.
--> We need to bring her to book if we want her work to improve.
 
While I go away on business, please hold the place for me.
--> While I go away on business, please hold the fort for me.
 
Her performance has gone beyond the joke. Fire her immediately.
--> Her performance has gone beyond a joke. Fire her immediately.
 
High demand usually goes hand in hand together with high prices.
--> High demand usually goes hand in hand with high prices.
 
I tried to hold my grounds in the negotiations, but I think I gave away too much.
--> I tried to hold my ground in the negotiations, but I think I gave away too much.
 
The points you make in your proposal do not really hold enough water.
--> The points you make in your proposal do not really hold water.
 
  
  
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