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Nível Avançado › Business Meeting 1

  • By the end of this lesson you’ll be able to:

    • Learn some business-related vocabulary - business speak
    • See how a business meeting moves along
    • Understand differences between be able to / manage to / succeed in doing

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TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING
Dialog: “Roger won’t be able to join us today.”

"To be able to do something" is a modal verb structure that means the same thing as can or could. It can be used to express ability or opportunity and to show possibility or impossibility.
FORM: TO BE + ABLE + TO + VERB (infinitive)

I wasn’t able to complete the report in time.
Weren’t you able to contact him yesterday?
They think they`ll be able to fix the engine by tomorrow.

 

TO MANAGE TO DO SOMETHING
Dialog: “…He managed to send over the latest production figures”

We generally use "to manage to do something" when talking about what happens in a particular situation or when referring to a specific achievement, or when we want to talk about success in something, usually after overcoming some difficulty.
FORM: MANAGE + TO + VERB (infinitive)

It took a while but the chairman managed to end the meeting on time.
I’ll manage. Just get back before my food supply runs out.
Did the police manage to find the fugitives?

 

TO SUCCEED IN DOING SOMETHING
Dialog: “Rachel has succeeded in pulling together a briefing”

We use "to succeed in doing something" when talking about having success in a certain situation or event. In this case, there is no probability, only success. The negative to not succeed in doing something means that something failed.
FORM: SUCCEED IN + VERB (-ING form)

The doctor succeeded in correctly diagnosing his illness.
Our parents didn’t succeed in reconciling their differences and they got a divorce.
Will the army succeed in holding back Al-Qaeda operatives?

 

Observation: This structure is very formal and is rarely used in spoken English, but is common in written texts or more formal situations, such as business meetings!

Sobre esta aula

For someone who is learning English, a business meeting can be an intimidating place. The vocabulary is very specific, the language used is much more formal and everyone wears a suit! To help you out, in this podcast we'll introduce some important business vocabulary and talk about how a business meeting is run.

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