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Business English Exercise | Topic: General Business English Terms 5

This exercise has a broad range of general business-related terms, ones that are often heard in an office setting. Although it's meant for ESL students, it'll be useful to anyone who wants to brush up on this terminology.

(Choose the best response for each one)

1. I don't think I can take on any more projects right now. I have too much __________________________ already.
  on my platter
  on my plate
  on my mind

2. The USA is one of the easiest places in the world to __________________________.
  make a business
  commence a business
  start a business

3. I'm swamped. = I'm __________________________.
  really busy

4. What's on the __________________________ today? ( = What's the plan for today?/ What do we have to do today?)

5. I'm a little confused about the timeline. Could you __________________________ ( = explain it to me) again?
  walk me through it
  walk me through
  converse with me

6. What's a "timeline"?
  A thin watch
  A deadline
  A schedule

7. I have a couple of things I'd like to talk about. I'm going to go through them __________________________. ( = one by one)
  in order
  by order

8. Tony is always ______________________ the meeting by being late.
  holding up
  keeping up
  bringing up

9. I have a terrible boss! He never gives me any positive __________________________ on the work I do. (= he never compliments my work)

10. A business's "core competency" is something that it can do well, something that sets it apart from its competitors, and is difficult for these competitors to ___________________. ( = copy)

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