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Business English - How to say I Don't Know

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When someone asks you a question, of course, they want an answer. Our problem is, that sometimes we don't have an answer for them, and saying "I don't know" is not good enough. Working in an English speaking workplace, there are other, more appropriate phrases we can use. Saying "I don't know" can make you seem unprofessional and it may make you seem uninterested in the question!

High-Intermediate Level - What are Euphemisms?

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Expression of the day: Neither here nor there

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This idiom is used at Upper Intermediate level.

When a fact or opinion is neither here nor there, it is not important.

Words that have the same meaning (synonyms) of neither here nor there are unimportant, inconsequential, irrelevant and immaterial.

How to use 'Have something done'

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Have something done is used to show that something is done for us, we do not do it ourselves. Compare these two sentences:

"I washed my car." - I washed my car myself.

"I had my car washed." - I paid someone to wash my car for me.

'First' Idioms

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First things, first. Here are four idioms and natural English expressions which using the word first.

first among equals

A member of a group who has more power (or is more important) than the rest, even though officially the members are all on the same level. One person is higher than the rest when they should all be the same.

"The Pope is first among equals in the Roman Catholic Church."

The different uses of like

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In English, the word like is flexible and has many uses. Can you tell the difference in meaning when it is used in a variety of questions?

Match these answers to the questions below. Don't type in the whole answer, only use the letters shown.

Polite requests: Match the question to the answer

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Match these ten answers to the requests. Type in the letter, do not type in the whole sentence.

Everyday English expressions and idioms / High Intermediate

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Take a look at these ten well-known idioms. How many of them are you familiar with. Do you know what they mean?

Present Continuous Word Scramble

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Present Continuous is used to describe an action that’s happening at the moment, but it’s also sometimes used to talk about a future plan.

The form of the Present Continuous is:

Christmas Expressions

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Here are fours festive expressions related to Christmas. Ho, ho, ho!


like turkeys voting for (an early) Christmas

If people are like turkeys (the large bird eaten at Christmas) voting for Christmas, they choose to accept a situation which will have very bad results for them.

"Oil companies asking their customers to use less oil is like turkeys voting for Christmas."