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Combining Nouns with Hyphens

In a previous post we explained four common ways to combine nouns. Today we will explain the special case of combining nouns with hyphens. There are three main ways to do this. 1: Noun phrase as adjective In most cases, nouns are combined with a hyphen only when the whole noun phrase is being used to describe another noun. Noun phrase = noun + noun, where the first noun describes …

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4 Ways to Combine Nouns

In English, two or more nouns can be combined in several ways. In this post we show you four of the main ways that nouns can be combined. ’s possessive: today’s meeting, Google’s objective, Lee’s desk   one noun used as an adjective: labour costs, business card, a lunchtime talkNote: The noun acting as an adjective precedes the noun being described. It answers the question “What?”Q: “What type of costs are …

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Idioms for Business Small Talk

Small talk is vital for business people in all industries, roles and networks. In business, small talk has two main purposes: To learn about the other person and build trust. To find out the ways in which you could mutually benefit from the relationship. Idioms are very useful in small talk because they help you to sound more natural and confident. It is more difficult to build trust when you …

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Talking about the Future (2)

Last week we looked at how to use going to, will and ’ll to talk about the future. Today, you’ll learn how and when to use the present continuous and present simple to talk about the future. Present continuous We use the present continuous to talk about fixed plans or arrangements. I’m meeting Professor Giuliardi next week. The new hire is starting on Monday. Present simple We use the present simple to talk about a schedule. The flight leaves at 16:40 Friday. The …

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