On the job - just in case

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 March, 2012, 12:00am

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'There's no business like show business but there are several businesses like accounting'


David Letterman - American chat show host


Business class


What is ... ?


1 e-business


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


In business


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. _______________


Answers:


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

 

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