On the job - just in case
'There's no business like show business but there are several businesses like accounting'
David Letterman - American chat show host
What is ... ?
a. arrangements made over the phone
b. buying and selling goods on the internet
2 a business card
a. a small card with a person's name and job title on it
b. a company credit card
3 show business
a. the entertainment industry
b. the manufacture of televisions
4 funny business
a. dishonest behaviour designed to trick someone
b. a series of books that make you laugh
5 monkey business
a. silly, irresponsible behaviour
b. an animated movie with monkey characters
What do these useful verb phrases mean?
1 to mean business
a. to set up a new company
b. to be very serious about something
2 to be back in business
a. to be operating as usual after a break
b. to start a new job
3 to get down to business
a. to begin doing something important
b. to leave home and head to work
4 to go about your business
a. to teach someone new skills
b. to continue doing what you usually do
5 to mind your own business
a. to ask someone a lot of questions about their job
b. to stop meddling in other people's affairs
I mean business
Complete these sentences with the correct words
1 We don't have a shop or any outlet. All our trade is done through (monkey business/ e-business).
2 Will you stop all your (show business / monkey business) and get on with the job you are paid to do.
3 Our new boss is a tough character. He's showing us all that he certainly (is in business / means business).
4 Please (go about your business/mean business) and stop interfering with what I'm doing. Thank you!
5 There is some (show business/ funny business) happening at work and I intend to find out what's going on.
None of your business!
What has someone said to you if they say .... ?
1 It's none of your business
a. Stop bossing me around.
b. What I am doing is no concern of yours.
2 You had no business doing that
a. You did not finish the task on time.
b. You should not have done that because it had nothing to do with you.
3 You've got a good business head on your shoulders
a. You are very good at doing business.
b. A career in business is not for you, I'm afraid.
4 We've got unfinished business
a. This project isn't complete.
b. We've got problems that still need to be dealt with.
5 It's business as usual
a. We must carry on despite the problems we are having.
b. Our company has made a loss.
Finish what you are saying
Add a second phrase from the previous exercise to complete these statements
1 Yesterday we had terrible problems with our computer system, but today _______________
2 Stop asking me questions about my private life. _______________
3 I think you will do well in your new role with the company. _______________
4 You should not have given Peggy time off work to go to the dentist's. _______________
5 You left yesterday in the middle of my apology. _______________
What is ... ?: 1. b, 2. a, 3. a, 4. a, 5. a
In business: 1. b, 2. a, 3. a, 4. b, 5. b
I mean business: 1. e-business, 2. monkey business, 3. means business, 4. go about your business, 5. funny business
None of your business: 1. b, 2. b, 3. a, 4. b, 5. a
Finish what you are saying: 1. 5, 2. 1, 3. 3, 4. 2, 5. 4