In this podcast, we’ve decided to reach out to you and point out 10 phrasal verbs that may help you at work and stop you from falling behind with your English. And in this introduction, I brought up four of them. Did you notice?
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12 Phrasal Verbs to Use At Work
to run something by someone
to deal with something/someone
to take care of something* (take care of someone – is different)
to fill in for someone
to fill someone in on something
to reach out to someone
to bring up
to take on something / to take someone on
to fall behind
to catch up
to point something out
to wrap something up
To run something by someone means to tell someone an idea or a plan and ask for their opinion or approval. For example:
I have a proposal for the project. Can I run it by you?
She ran her speech by her coach before the presentation.
To deal with something/someone means to handle or manage a situation, a problem, or a person. For example:
How do you deal with stress at work?
He had to deal with a lot of angry customers today.
To take care of something means to do something that needs to be done. For example:
Who takes care of legal matters in the company?
Don’t worry about emailing the clients about the new changes. I’ll take care of it
To fill in for someone means to do someone’s job or duty when they are absent or unavailable.
I’m filling in for John today. He’s sick.
To fill someone in on something means to give someone the information they need or missed. For example:
Can you fill me in on what happened at the meeting?
To reach out to someone means to contact someone, usually to offer help, support, or information. For example:
If you have any questions, please reach out to me.
He reached out to his old friends after many years.
Thanks for reaching out.
To bring up means to mention or introduce a topic, an issue, or a person in a conversation. For example:
She brought up a good point during the discussion.
I hesitate to bring this up, but did you remember to tell the staff that the meeting was called off.
To take on something means to accept or undertake a task, a challenge, or a responsibility.
Don’t you think you’ve taken on too much this month?
To take someone on means to employ someone. For example:
We’ve taken on three new teachers.
To fall behind means to fail to keep up with someone or something, or to make less progress than expected.
He fell behind on his marking.
To catch up means to reach the same level after falling behind. For example:
She had to catch up on her studies when she got back from her holiday..
To point something out means to draw attention to something, usually a fact, a detail, or an error. For example:
He pointed out the spelling mistakes in her report.
I’d like to point out that it’s been three months since I received my last paycheck.
To wrap something up means to finish or complete something, usually a task, a project, or an event. For example:
We need to wrap up this report by tomorrow.
That’s all for today. Let’s wrap up and go home.
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English.
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