Hi, and welcome back to the Art of Business English. In today’s episode we are going to take a quick look at some collocations to use when making plans or taking decisions. Both, very important aspects of business. Remember, collocations are very common in English, they help you sound more native and you need to understand them in context, especially when a speaker uses them. Therefore, the advantages to knowing them are that, even if you do not use them yourself, at least you will understand when one is spoken to you.
At the end of this episode you will be able to use a number of collocations for the following situations:
Before we start looking at the collocations, I will just give you a quick explanation of what a collocation is. The Oxford dictionary defines a collocation as;
“The habitual juxtaposition of a particular word with another word or words with a frequency greater than chance.”
Unfortunately, most non-native speakers of English will not understand this definition. An easier definition is the following;
“A collocation is a combination of two or more words that are commonly used together, in a way that sounds natural to native English speakers.”
So, why are they important in English. Well, if you want to sound more like a native speaker you need to use the correct words together. Hence, instead of “take a coffee” we say, “have a coffee”.
Now that we know what collocations are and why they are important, let’s dive in and take a look at decisions and solutions.
Decisions & solutions
There are many more collocations associated with decision making, and I encourage you to look some up if you are interested in learning more.
Now we will look at some collocations for making plans.
Again, these are a few collocations for making plans and there are many more. However, now I will move on to the last part of the episode and take a look at rejecting plans.
There you have a short list of some interesting collocations for different stages of planning and decision making. My advice to you is to study this list and then make a commitment to use some of the expressions in your next meeting, email or conference call.
The secret to learning collocations is to understand them in context and then start applying them to situations in your daily business life. I would recommend starting with 2 or 3 collocations from the list and then once you feel comfortable using them, grab another 2 or 3 and incorporate them as well.
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Until next time, take care and enjoy improving your business English.