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Business English Exercise | Topic: General Business English Terms 6

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. When you're "bouncing ideas off each other", you're __________________________.
  exchanging ideas
  agreeing with someone else's idea
  playing basketball

2. Lisa, the marketing rep, and I have been playing __________________________ this whole week. (We've been trying to reach each other, but we keep getting each other's voice mail)
  phone games
  phone tag
  phone contact

3. What's "voice mail"?
  A messaging service that allows you to leave messages when you call someone
  A voice attachment on an email
  A package with a CD

4. I think David should do the presentation. Database architecture is his __________________________.
  topic of expertise
  area of expertise
  field of knowledge

5. Your report is a little short. I think you have to __________________________ a little more.
  learn the topic
  research the substance
  research the topic

6. Our meetings are always quite informal, but we get __________________________.
  much done
  much finished
  a lot done

7. Where can I get a pen?
  In the supply room
  In the lunch room
  In the conference room

8. What's a binder?
  a notebook cover (often with rings or clamps for holding sheets)
  a mean boss

9. I've always wanted to ___________________ a career in oceanography.

10. No, I'm sorry I'm not ___________________ with that service. ( = I haven't heard about that service)

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