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Business English Exercise | Topic: General Business English Terms 9

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. What are you _____________________? = What are you trying to say?
  getting at

2. I'm sorry, Lynn, I didn't _____________________ ( = understand/hear) that last figure.

3. Janine has _____________________ a lot to the development of this company.

4. We're running a little short _____________________. ( = we don't have much time left)
  of time
  in time

5. Bill told me that my issue was _____________________ of the meeting. ( = not part of what the meeting was about)
  outside the boundary
  out the door
  outside the scope

6. Let's _____________________ ( = talk) tomorrow.
  touch bases
  touch base
  touch wood

7. She's really good at _____________________ ( = generating) creative solutions.
  coming up with
  coming on to
  getting on with

8. In business jargon, when something is "on someone's radar":
  they are not aware of something
  they are aware of something
  they are a pilot

9. Let's leave that issue for _____________________.
  other meeting
  another meeting
  the future

10. It's critical not to _____________________ of the main point.
  lose site
  lose sight

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