Business Verbs & Expressions

12 Aug 2015

In today’s post we will focus on verbs & expressions in the form of collocations used in Business English. Let us also consider the meaning of Business English.

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Business English: What exactly does business English mean to you? How is it different from the regular English? The basis of communication remains the same in both cases. It is the essence of any relationship, personal or professional. Business English is a formal form of communication typically used in meetings, interviews, group discussion, speeches, presentations etc.

Now, let us look at two verbs, do & make, that are commonly used, however, the usage is sometimes confused. Here is the difference between the two:

When to use ‘do’: It is used when you are talking about some task, job or work, it does not produce a physical product. E.g.: Would you like to do this job for me?

It is also used to refer to activities in general. E.g. Please do something.

Lastly, it is used to replace a main verb when the meaning is obvious. E.g.: Please do the assignment

When to use ‘make’: It is used when specifying the ‘making’ of something. It includes building, constructing, creating or producing. E.g.: The shoes are made in Paris

It is used when expressing an emotion: E.g. He makes me happy

Now, let us look at how these two verbs can be used in different collocations in Business English

Do Make
To do a project To make a booking
To do the accounts To make a decision
To do research To make a difference
To do the math To make a fortune
To do the paperwork To make a point
To do your duty To make a presentation
To do the task To make a remark
To do the maximum/minimum To make a fool of yourself
To do good To make amends
To do damage To make a suggestion
To do nothing To make arrangements
To do everything To make a choice
To do a good job To make a plan
To do your chores Made in China
To do your work Made of Gold

Hope you can now use these two verbs effectively in your business communication. In our next post we will look at some more verbs and expressions.

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