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July 4, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

1. If you call back somebody (or call somebody back) you telephone someone who rang you earlier; or you telephone someone for a second time. Examples of use: a) Mr Evans telephoned while you were out: he wants you to call him back. b) He forgot to book a double room, so he had to […]

June 4, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

1. To take over something (or take something over) is to start doing something that someone else was responsible for before you. Examples of use: a) Isaac is taking over the business from his father. b) My daughter is going to take over the business accounts. c) She took over as manager when Mr Hunt […]

June 2, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To bring forward something (or bring something forward) is to change its date or time so that it happens earlier than planned. Examples of use: a) They have brought their wedding forward to July. b) Next week’s training session has been brought forward to Friday afternoon. c) Can you bring the meeting forward a week? […]

June 1, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To team up is to join another person, or group, in order to do something together. Examples of use: a) News headline: Banks team up for online payment system. b) The businesses teamed up to provide day care for their workers’ children. c) We teamed up for the new project. d) Can we team up […]

May 29, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

To copy in somebody (or copy somebody in), is to send someone a copy of an email you are sending to someone else. Examples of use: a) Can you copy me in on your staff emails, please? b) Would you like me to copy you in on all the official correspondence? c) I’ll send a […]

May 27, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

1. To contract out something (or contract something out), is to arrange for another company to do some work instead of your company. Examples of use: a) We are contracting out our web design service to a local web designer. b) Our government has contracted out hospital cleaning services to the private sector. c) News […]

May 26, 2011 By Angela Boothroyd

1. To draw up a piece of furniture (especially a chair) is to move it closer to something or someone. Examples of use: a) Draw up a chair. It’s much warmer here by the fire. b) Draw your chair up to the desk and look at these documents with me.     2. To draw […]