10 expressions binomials molt freqüents en l’anglès de negocis

two fishEn anglès es fan servir moltes expressions anomenades binomials: és a dir, expressions idiomàtiques formades per dues paraules que solen ser de la mateixa categoria (per exemple, dos substantius, dos verbs, dos adjectius…).  Avui us en oferim algunes que solen utilitzar-se freqüentment en l’anglès de negocis, el que anomenem Business English. I per tal que practiqueu una mica, us n’oferim l’explicació i els exemples en anglès:

  1. Pros and cons – the advantages and disadvantages of something
    We need to weigh up the pros and consof the new service before we can make a final decision. 
  2. Sick and tired – unable to tolerate a situation any longer
    I am so sick and tired of listening to your complaints. It’s the world we live in and you need to just accept things as they are. 
  3. Give or take – more or less than the amount or time mentioned.
    A: How long will it take you to complete this report?
    B: It should take me a week, give or take a couple of days. 
  4. Goods and services – the products and services that are produced for sale.
    The cost of household ​goods and ​services ​fell in the fourth quarter of 2015. 
  5. Hustle and bustle – a lot of noisy activity
    After a busy week, I like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city at the weekend.
  6. Short and sweet – not too long or complicated
    Lucy’s presentation was excellent- short and sweet, just how I like it. 
  7. Sink or swim – to be left on your own to succeed or fail
    This business is exciting but it can be nerve-wracking too for you can sink or swim in an instant. 
  8. Sooner or later – definitely some time later, although you don’t know when
    If you keep ignoring your clients’ needs, sooner or later they will abandon you and go elsewhere. 
  9. Take it or leave it – often used in negotiations when you tell the other side that you will not make them a better offer
    This is my final offer – take it or leave it. 
  10. Ups and downs – the good and bad aspects of an experience
    Like all online businesses, we’ve had our ups and downs over the years.

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