The most commonly used phrasal verbs for work: what are they and why are they important?

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The most commonly used phrasal verbs for work: what are they and why are they important?

Phrasal verbs are an essential part of spoken and written English, especially in the working environment. Learning to use them correctly can make the difference between effective and confused communication in the workplace. In this article we will discover the most popular phrasal verbs used in the business world, so that you can impress your colleagues and employers with English communication on par with a native speaker!

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Phrasal Verbs: What are they?

Before delving into the main topic, it’s important to understand exactly what phrasal verbs are.

A phrasal verb is a combination of a verb and one or more particles (prepositions or adverbs) which together create a completely different meaning from the base verb. 

These particles can change the sense of the verb, adding an idea of movement, place or manner. For example, the phrasal verb “pick up” means “to collect” (raccogliere) or “to take” (prendere) something but it has a different meaning to the verb “pick” on its own.

Phrasal verbs can be separable or inseparable. In the separable form, you can insert a pronoun or other term between the verb and the particle. For example, “turn off” (spegnere) is separable, so we can say “turn it off” (spegnerlo). In the inseparable form, the pronoun or term must immediately follow the verb and the particle. For example, “get up” (alzarsi) is inseparable so we must simply say “get up”.

Phrasal verbs for meetings and presentations

During work meetings and presentations, using phrasal verbs can help you to communicate more effectively and express your opinions and proposals in a clear and concise way. Below are some of the most common and widely used examples:

  1. Bring up – sollevare un argomento

Italian: “Durante la riunione, ho sollevato l’argomento della riduzione dei costi”

English “During the meeting, I brought up the topic of cost reduction”

  1. Point Out – evidenziare

Italian: “L’economista ha evidenziato l’importanza della stabilità finanziaria”

English: “The economist pointed out the importance of financial stability

  1. Put forward – proporre

Italian: “Ho proposto un nuovo approccio per affrontare il problema”

Inglese. “English: “I put forward a new approach to address the issue”

The most popular phrasal verbs used in the workplace: Time and Task Management

In a work context, effective time and task management are crucial for maintaining good organisation and productivity. Phrasal verbs can help you express concepts related to time and task management more precisely and directly. Below, you will find some of the most commonly used phrasal verbs:

  1. Set up – organizzare

Italian: “Dobbiamo organizzare una riunione per discutere il progetto”

English: “We need to set up a meeting to discuss the project”

  1. Carry out – effettuare

Italian: “È importante effettuare un’analisi approfondita prima di prendere una decisione”

English: “It’s important to carry out a thorough analysis before making a decision”

  1. Wrap up – concludere

Italian: “Prima di concludere il progetto, dobbiamo completare alcune attività rimanenti”

Inglese: “English: “Before wrapping up the project, we need to complete some remaining tasks”

Phrasal verbs for Negotiation and Persuasion

The ability to negotiate and persuade is crucial in a professional environment and the use of phrasal verbs can play a significant role in these processes. Phrasal verbs used in negotiation and persuasion allow you to express concessions, offers, suggestions and convince others of your ideas.

Here are some examples of the most commonly used phrasal verbs: 

  1. Give in – cedere

Italian: “Abbiamo dovuto cedere su alcuni punti per raggiungere un accordo”

Inglese: “English: “We had to give in on some points to reach an agreement”

  1. Come across, “trasmettere un’impressione”

Italiano: “Durante la trattativa, è importante trasmettere un’immagine di fiducia”

Inglese: “During the negotiation, it’s important to come across as trustworthy

  1. Back down, “ritirarsi da una posizione”

Italian: “Alla fine, si è ritirato dalla sua posizione iniziale”

English: “In the end, he backed down from his initial stance”

So, what have we learned? In order to reap the benefits of phrasal verbs, it is very important that you practice using them and integrate them in your language proficiency. I encourage you to explore phrasal verbs further and apply them to your daily communication, both in written and spoken form. You can do exercises, read texts and listen to conversations containing phrasal verbs to improve your comprehension and as a result, the use of these expressions.

If you’re not sure where to start, please get in touch! I will be more than happy to guide you on your journey learning the English language.