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Infographic | 6 English Phrasal Verbs You Can Use at Work Today

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Fri, Nov 16, 2012 @ 07:01 AM

phrasal verbs for work and businessYou hear phrasal verbs like hang up, carry out, or follow up every day at work, right?

The problem is, maybe you aren't sure what they mean and you don't know how to use them.

Perhaps you are afraid to ask your colleagues or your boss.

Don't worry! Using English phrasal verbs at work and other expressions is one of the biggest challenges for English language learners. Take a look at these six phrasal verbs, take the quiz below and then try them out at your workplace today! Good luck!


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Study these 6 phrasal verbs:


Phrasal verbs at work infographic



Ready for a quiz?

Choose the correct phrasal verb to complete the story:

follow up, bounce around, wrap up, take off, come up with, burn out, carry out, write up


John has been working as a lawyer for the past three years. During that time, he has (1) ________ all of his duties very well. Every week, he attends the office meeting and after the meeting, he (2)______ a report to summarize the decisions that were made during the meeting. He is also great with clients. He always (3) __________ with them after they come in for an initial consultation. They always say that John is the nicest lawyer they know!

Lately, John has been feeling (4) ________. Although he enjoys leading his team, he can't seem to (5)________ great ideas the way he used to. He is thinking about (6) _______ some time to go on a vacation. After all, he is only 29 years old. He wants to see the world! He wants to (7) _______ Europe for a few months and then explore Asia. However, he doesn't want to (8) ______ his colleagues and clients. What do you think John should do?


Answers: 1) carried out  2) writes up  3) follows up  4) burned out  5) come up with  6) taking off  7) bounce around  8) let down


Want to keep working on your phrasal verbs?? Click the orange button below to learn about our new game app to help you learn English phrasal verbs!






Photo credits: Main photo: Think London, Infographic: Page 1: Steve Snodgrass, Split the Kipper , page 2: Steve Snodgrass, Split the Kipper, page 3: Victor 1558,    Juhansonin page 4: otacon_85

Topics: Phrasal Verbs, Business English Vocabulary

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