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|Posted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:21 am Post subject: Avoid Mistakes: Business Terms That May Confuse You!
|There is a range of business terms and words you will need to know before you can confidently enter the business field in an English-speaking country or communicate with English-speaking business associates. But beware, some words are commonly confused and used incorrectly. Here are the top 10 pairings of words to take note of:
1. Accept vs Except
Accept - to agree to (a verb)
e.g. I accept the proposition you have put forward.
Except - not including (a preposition)
e.g. Everyone has been counted except those who are not present.
2. Advice vs Advise
Advice - an opinion or recommendation from another person (a noun)
e.g. What advice would you give me regarding this matter?
Advise - to offer an opinion or suggestion to someone else (a verb)
e.g. I would advise you not to go ahead with the plans.
3. Council vs Counsel
Council - an assembly or body of persons that carry out a role (a noun)
e.g. The council of employees will speak on everybodyís behalf.
Counsel - a piece of advice (a noun) / to give advice (a verb)
e.g. We would like to take come counsel from the previous manager/ He was counseled by our staff.
4. Borrow vs Lend
Borrow - to obtain with the promise to return
e.g. We will have to borrow more money from the bank.
Lend - to grant the use of, on the promise that it is returned
e.g. We plan to lend Mr Smith a new computer until his is fixed.
5. Expand vs Expend
Expand - to increase in size
e.g. We are looking to expand the business within three months.
Expend - to use up/ pay out
We have expended all our resources on this project
6. Improve vs Improvise
Improve - to make better
e.g. We are going to improve our business strategies.
Improvise - to deliver something without time to prepare
e.g. We will have to improvise in our negotiations if it does not go according to our plan.
7. Interested vs Interesting
Interested - possessing a right or a claim to something (an adjective)
e.g. They are an interested party in this business venture.
Interesting - something that has appeal or holds attention
e.g. We found the discussion very interesting.
8. Look Over vs Overlook
Look Over - to browse or read through something
e.g. I will look over the report this afternoon.
Overlook - to neglect
e.g. Iím afraid I overlooked the request you put in yesterday.
9. Precede vs Proceed
Precede - to go or come before
e.g. The person that preceded me was very skilled.
Proceed - to go ahead with
e.g. We will proceed with the business deal unless told otherwise.
10. Personnel vs Personal
Personnel - a body of people employed by an organization
e.g. The personnel at this office are very friendly
Personal - relating to an individual person
e.g. That is my personal belief about this situation.
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Rachel Clarkson is an English teacher at LCI English and blogger at the ESL Blog.
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