In English, we use a lot of phrasal verbs. These are verbs with more than one part; the verb and one or two particles. Let’s continue looking at some of the most common in the area of Human Resources:
‘get on’ = to have a good relationship
- I don’t like my boss. We just don’t get on.
- The atmosphere is terrible. He doesn’t get on with his co-workers.
‘follow up’ = to find out more about or take further action on something.
- Before we offer her the job, we need to follow up on her references.
- The training is followed up by regular refresher courses over a six-month period.
‘set up’ = to arrange for an activity or event to happen
- I’d like to discuss it further. Can we set up a meeting?
- I’ve set up interviews with the remaining three candidates.
‘make up’ = do or pay extra to cover a difference.
- I’d like to leave early on Friday. I’ll make up the time next week.
- There was an error in your expenses. We’ll make up the difference next month.
‘hand in’ = to give something
- He’s leaving at the end of the month. He has handed in his resignation.
- I haven’t handed my time sheet in yet. I must do it now.
‘work out’ your notice = to continue working through the period after you have resigned.
- They asked him to leave immediately. He didn’t have to work out his notice.
- He negotiated a deal so he didn’t have to work out his notice and could leave sooner.
‘sort out’ = to resolve
- We don’t know who is going to replace Sue. We have to sort it out soon.
- I have finally sorted out the error on the time sheets. It’s all correct now.
‘carry on’ = to continue
- We still haven’t found a suitable candidate. We’ll have to carry on looking.
- Until we get the new software installed, we’ll have to carry on using the old.
‘back out’ = to decide not to do something previously agreed.
- They had agreed to do it but then backed out.
- He had accepted the post but backed out at the last minute so we’re considering other candidates.
‘go with’ = to adopt or support an idea or plan.
- I think your idea is a good one. I think we should go with it.
- We’re not really sure which agency to go with. We don’t think any of them are really what we are really looking for.
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