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28                                             Everyday Conversational Expressions                                           Job Situations p.2

 

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* 28 Job Situations (p.2 of 3)

 

28.7   When you and your colleagues start a new task

 

What's the main problem here?   Listen   <“The matter in hand is pretty complicated. We have to determine how to tackle it.” – “First, what’s the main problem here? If we find it, we’ll solve the entire puzzle.”>

What's the real issue here?   Listen   <“Guys, we are putting together a new music band. We are supposed to be partners, but we can’t agree on simple things. What’s the real issue here?” – “We don’t have good songs…”>

What should be our primary concern?   Listen   <“We are going to introduce a new product into the marketplace. What should be our primary concern?” – “I guess, our primary concern is whether the market accepts our new product or rejects it.”>

What's the crux of the matter?   Listen   A “What is the crucial point here?”   <“Our grocery store is coming out with a new pie. We have to somehow convince the customers that our pie is better than the pies offered by our competition.” – “So, how can we do that? What’s the crux of the matter? Any ideas?”>

What's the most important thing here?   Listen   <“We received an order to design a housing development outside the city. The order contains several requirements.” – “What’s the most important thing here?” – “Construction shouldn’t damage the lake and the forest in the area.”>

It all comes down to the core issue.   Listen   <“We are trying to bargain with our suppliers. It all comes down to the core issue. They don’t want to reduce their price, and we don’t want to pay it.”>

It all boils down to one question.   Listen   A “It all reduces to the essential question.”   <“Gentlemen, we are looking for ways to build a political alliance here. But it all boils down to one question. Who’s going to be our leader? Everyone wants to be the leader!”>

We've got to begin somewhere.   Listen   < “Look, our project is costly while we are on a very tight budget. I don’t know if we can pull it off.” – “We’ve got to begin somewhere. Let’s try to raise more money first.”>

Where do we begin?   Listen   A “What is our starting point?”   <“The goal of this project is to help families with mentally challenged children in our community.” – “It’s a noble goal. Where do we begin?”>

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28.8   When you ask for input

 

What do you think?   Listen   <“We need to determine our objectives. What do you think?” – “OK. Let's do it and then consider our options.”>

What do you think we should do?   Listen   <“This investment is not profitable anymore. What do you think we should do?” – “Let’s hold on to it for a while, and then drop it if we see that there is no improvement.”>

What should we do about it?   Listen   <“This project is about to fail. What should we do about it?”>

What needs to be done?   Listen   < – “Let me think. I need a couple of days. I’ll let you know.”>

What are we going to do about it?   Listen   < – “I don’t have any suggestions now. Let me get back to you on that.”>

How do you feel about that?   Listen   <“The problem here is pretty complex and hardly solvable. How do feel about that?” – “We've got to do it anyway. Failure is not an option.”>

How should we go about doing this?   Listen   < – “Our technical and financial experts are working on a new proposal. It’s gradually taking shape. I’ll keep you posted.”>

Any ideas on that?   Listen   <“The first thing we need to discuss is what we do to complete the project on such a limited budget. Any ideas on that?” – “Can we get a bigger budget?”>

Get back to me on that by Friday.   Listen   A “I gave you a task and you report back to me.”   <“Here’s a press release for you to review. I need your opinion. Get back to me on that by Friday.” – “Sure thing, boss.”>

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28.9   When you need to be updated

 

Clue me in on what’s going on.   Listen   A “Give me information...”   <“I’ve heard about some changes in your department. Clue me in on what’s going on.” – “Certainly, boss.”>

Fill me in.   Listen   <“Fill me in on what is happening. I want to stay abreast of the recent developments in our company.”>

Bring me up to date.   Listen   A “Update my knowledge.”   <“Bring me up to date on the latest political news. I want to be informed.”>

Bring me up to speed.   Listen   <“I’ve lost track of what’s going on around here. Bring me up to speed. Tell me the news and rumors.”>

Keep me informed.   Listen   A “Keep supplying me with new information periodically.”   <“Keep me informed about your progress.”>

Keep me posted.   Listen   <“Keep me posted on the changes in the situation.”>

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28.10   When you and your colleagues have started a new task

 

It's a start.   Listen   AIt is a good beginning.”   <“We got proper funding for our project. It’s a start.”>

So far so good.   Listen   A “We have been successful so far although we can’t be sure about the future.”   <“Our partners have agreed on our preliminary conditions. So far so good. Further talks may be tougher. We’ll see.”>

We're off to a good start.   Listen   <“Initially, the board of directors opposed our proposal. It was very hard to convince them. But we did it. We are off to a good start.”>

We're on our way.   Listen   AWe are moving to our goal.”   <“The first results are promising, and the boss gave his approval of further experiments. We are on our way.”>

We're up and running.   Listen   AWe are fully functional.”   <“Our laboratory is fully equipped now. We are up and running.”>

We're headed in the right direction.   Listen   AWe are moving in the right direction.”   <“The first round of negotiations with the investors went relatively well. We are headed in the right direction.”>

We've laid a good foundation.   Listen   AWe have established a basis for future success.”   <“The preliminary phase of our project is completed. We have laid a good foundation. The next phase is even more challenging.”>

We've made a dent in it.   Listen   AWe have made some progress.”   <“The space research program is huge. It will take decades of work. We have made a dent in it.”>

We've gotten over teething troubles.   Listen   A “We have overcome problems typical for the early stage of a project.”   <“The beginning of the project was difficult. Now, we’ve gotten over teething troubles.”>

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28.11   When you approach a deadline

 

We are running out of time.   Listen   AThere is no time left anymore.”   <“Our presentation is scheduled for next week. We are running out of time.”>

We are pressed for time.   Listen   AWe are getting late.”   <“Get down to business. We are pressed for time.”>

We have a deadline to meet.   Listen   AThere is a time limit which we have to comply with.”   <“Hurry up! Focus on your work. We have a deadline to meet. This time, we mustn’t be late.”>

The deadline is sooner than you think.   Listen   AThe deadline is closer than it appears.”   <“We’ve got to work harder. The deadline is sooner than you think. No delay is allowed.”>

The deadline is looming large on the horizon.   Listen   <“We have to finish construction on time. The Governor is expected to be present at the opening ceremony. The deadline is looming large on the horizon.”>

It's getting down to the wire.   Listen   AIt’s getting close to the finish line.”   <“I have to turn my proposal in next month. It’s getting down to the wire.”>

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28.12   When you request somebody to hurry up

 

This is a rush job.   Listen   AThis is an urgent job.”   <“This order has just arrived. It’s a rush job. Fill it right away.”>

Drop everything and do it!   Listen   AStop doing anything else and focus on the task.”   <“Where is the report? The boss is outraged! Drop everything and do it!”>

Do it right now.   Listen   ADo it immediately.”   <“This is a rush order. Do it right now.”>

Waste no time.   Listen   <“Get back to work. Waste no time.”>

This is top priority.   Listen   <“I need this report tomorrow. This is top priority.”>

Hurry up!   Listen   <“We have to complete the drawings by the end of the week. Hurry up!”>

Get going!   Listen   <“Get going! We have a lot to do today, yet.”>

Get moving!   Listen   <“Get moving! You don’t want to be late.”>

Get on it!   Listen   AStart working on this immediately.”   <“This job must be done without delay. Get on it!”>

Get right on this!   Listen   <“Call our business partners and ask them to reconsider their decision. Get right on this!>

I haven’t got all day.   Listen   <“When are you going to finish this rush job? I haven’t got all day.”>

On the double!   Listen   <“Your presentation is scheduled for tomorrow. Start working. On the double!”>

Chop, chop!   Listen   A “Move faster!”   <“Have you heard what the boss said? What are you waiting for now? Get moving. Chop, chop!>

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28.13   When you express urgency

 

I need it now!   Listen   A “The need is urgent.”   <“When do you need my report?” – “I need it now! Where is it?”>

I need it immediately!   Listen   <“Do you need this data now?” – “I need it immediately! The boss is waiting for it.”>

I need it yesterday!   Listen   <“I can complete this job in a few days.” – “In a few days? I need it yesterday!”>

Yesterday wouldn’t be too soon.   Listen   <“When do you need this?” – “Yesterday wouldn’t be too soon.”>

I need it as soon as possible!   Listen   <“When do you need this report?” – “I need it as soon as possible!”>

The sooner the better.   Listen   A “The sooner it is done, the better it is.”   <“When do you want this?” – “The sooner the better.”>

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28.14   When you resist urgency

 

Don’t rush me!   Listen   A “Don’t hurry me!”   <“The boss is expecting your report today.” – “Don’t rush me! I’m working on it.”>

Don’t push me!   Listen   A “Don’t put pressure on me!”   <“We are running out of stock. We need to place a new order with our supplier.” – “Don’t push me! I’ll send a fax to them tomorrow.”>

There are only so many hours in a day.   Listen   <“You have to finish the project as soon as possible.” – “I’m doing my best. There are only so many hours in a day.”>

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28.15   When you talk about now

 

As we speak.   Listen   A “At this very moment while we are speaking.”   <“Your order is being filled as we speak”.>

At the present time.   Listen   <“We are unable to fill your order at the present time”.>

At the moment.   Listen   <“All our business associates are busy at the moment”.>

At this point in time.   Listen   <“At this point in time, we cannot locate your shipment”.>

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