ENG4: Doing Business Online
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accept as true, e.g. I assume that John is married. He is always complaining about his wife.
Noun: an assumption Adj.: assumable/assumed
to make someone believe something using factual evidence, e.g. The latest statistical data has convinced me that we have to do something urgently about obesity in this country.
Noun: a conviction; Adj.: convincing. Compare: to persuade / persuasion / persuasive (with words)
to make something visible, e.g. We always display our most attractive items in our shop window.
Noun: on display
to send, e.g. Can you please dispatch these goods to us as soon as possible?
to urge someone or something to act, e.g. My previous boss's disrespectful behaviour drove me to resign from my job.
Verb forms: drive - drove - driven; Noun: a sales drive
to be mistaken or incorrect, to make a mistake especially in judgment, e.g. To err is human.
Noun: an error; Adj. erroneous
to give food to someone or to supply material, e.g. These sensors feed information into the steering mechanism of the robot.
Verb forms: feed - fed - fed
become aware or conscious of something, e.g. Sniffer dogs at airports can perceive minute traces of drugs in passengers' luggage.
Noun: perception; Adj. (im)perceptible; Compare: conceive / conception
to irritate, vex, anger(= make angry / cross) e.g. My neighbours are such noisy people. They really annoy me. ( = get on my nerves);
Noun: annoyance Adj.: annoying / annoyed
to develop gradually change over time e.g. Giraffes needed thousands of years in order to evolve into the long-necked animals they are today. Noun: evolution; Adj. evolutionary
a result or effect Contrast actions / consequences - causes / effects, e.g. The current rate of unemployment is a direct consequence of the recent banking crisis.
a thing that diverts someone's attention from something e.g. I don't like to have music playing in the background when I am working. I can't concentrate because I find it a distraction.
Verb: to distract; Adj.: distracting
a new word = electronic retailing, selling products via the Internet. Verb: to e-tail
1) an attempt, e.g. They made an effort to work together
2) energy/exertion, e.g. This is a simple job which requires little physical or mental effort
Verb: to make an effort to do something;
Adv.:: He did it effortlessly (i.e. without effort / difficulty
a supporting or underlying structure, e.g. Every society needs a political and legal framework. Anarchy would be the alternative.
Verb: to establish / set up a framework; to dismantle a framework
an unintentional failure to notice or do something, e.g. We are sorry that your invoice has not been paid yet. This is due to a clerical oversight in our Accounts Department.
Verb: to overlook something / to fail to do something: Compare: to oversee = to supervise; an overview = a complete picture / summary
(negative) results / consequences of an event, e.g. The decline of car sales has had serious repercussions on suppliers automobile components.
Verb: to have repercussions / to suffer the repercussions of something
a large building where raw materials or manufactured goods can be stored Compare: a department store = a large shop
an advertisement on a website in the form of bar, column, or box
The process of sending invoices to customers for goods or services. Verb: to bill s.o.
the degree to which something is the case, e.g. There was a fire at Gloom & Dire Ltd. last night. The extent of damage to the factory is still not known.
Verb: to extend; Adj.: extensive
(slang) an irritating inconvenience / nuisance, e.g. It's a real hassle to drive through this city during the rush hour.
Verb: to hassle, e.g. I don't want to buy any souvenirs. Please stop hassling me.
an end result, consequence, e.g. What do think the outcome of the next elections will be.
Verb: to have / to produce a (positive / negative) outcome, e.g. What will come out of the negotiations in your opinion?
the transport of goods by sea or by road, by rail or by air. Compare: a shipping agent / a transport firm. Verb: to ship (goods)
tolerant, e.g. My boss understands that staff with children may sometimes be late for work or even absent if their children are ill. He is very accepting in that respect.
Verb: to accept; Noun: acceptance: Adj.: (un)acceptable
successful / thriving / growing / flourishing, e.g. There is a booming market for gold at the movement.
Noun: a boom (in the market); Verb: to experience a boom. Opposite: slump
practical, e.g. The most convenient way for me to get to work is by bicycle. It's quick and cheap. It's not always so comfortable, though, especially in the cold or rain.
Noun: convenience; Negatives inconvenient / inconvenience
worried, perturbed (Negative: unconcerned), e.g. We are concerned about the rising competition from cheap imports from the Far East.
Noun: to feel concern; N.B. Adj. I am writing to you concerning / regarding your advertisement.
1) conclusive, e.g. our ability to raise capital was decisive to our success on the market
2) resolute, firm, strong-minded
Verb: decide Noun: decision / decisiveness; Opposites: Indecisive / Indecision etc.
requiring much skill or effort, e.g. I have a demanding job
changeable, especially as regards one's loyalties
understanding, merciful, lenient. E.g. Be thankful that your boss is so forgiving, mine would have sacked you.
Noun: an impression
Verb: to impress / to make an impression
smooth and without seams (German: Saum; Naht) or obvious joins, e.g. a seamless transition from Communism to a Market economy is difficult.
fighting to survive;
Verb: to struggle; Noun: a struggle
cunning, sly; clever
absolutely necessary; essential, Compare: lively = full of life
never seen before; unequalled, unmatched, unrivalled
ready, eager, or prepared to do or accept something; Noun: to have the will to do something
unacceptable, not good enough
existing or occurring at the beginning.
by hand; physically.
full of energy / aggressively, furiously.
(US slang) a lot of money
decisive circumstances or facts that contribute to a result
a location where orders are executed; Verb: to fulfil an order
easily noticeable because of its showy features. She arrived in her flashy new Audi TT.
high street shops
(of retail goods) the normal shops in any town.
location of choice
a preferred particular place or position
a cheaper variation of a product or service
mail order company
company offering the chance to order goods by post
different conflicting feelings, lack of certainty
the costs resulting from day-to-day running of a firm.
selecting goods to fulfil an order.
customers that buy a product or service again
organising / managing the stock of a company
the actual time during which something occurs
computer program that performs background tasks e.g. a database.
cut of a coat
the way or style in which e.g. a coat is cut
a company which does most of its business on the Internet, usually through a website
ads appearing temporarily in a computer window when activated
short version of the main sequence of events in a play, novel, or film
all of the activities related to fulfilling a customer's order
the real thing
the true thing, the genuine article
a critical appraisal of e.g. a book or a play by a reader
easy to use or understand
1) complete, or having all that is needed e.g. an apartment
2) not depending on or influenced by others
abgeschlossen / unabhängig
Money is rolling in
A lot of money is coming in fast
Business is up X%
business has increased by X%
Get something up and running
to set up something and get it to start functioning
to end up
My assistant is useless. I often end up doing most of the work myself.
to foul things up
to ruin or spoil s.th., e.g. A military coup fouled up our attempts to expand out export market into Bongobongoland.
to weed out
to remove unwanted elements e.g. The company weeded out the incompetent people.
to carry out
to do, e.g. to carry out a Customer Satisfaction survey
to part with
to give up / to hand over, e.g. My boss would rather part with his life than part with his money.
sich trennen von
to pop s.th. in
e.g. in the post = to put / drop s.th. into a post-box
to amount to
to equal, e.g. The delays in your deliveries amounts to a breach of contract.
to turn out to be
to prove to be, e.g. Buying shares in Gloom & Dire Ltd. turned out to be a very stupid move to make.
to come up with
to find / invent (an idea) e.g. Our R&D department has come up with a fantastic new idea.
to relate to
to be connected or associated with, e.g. On a Balance sheet, the figures on the left refer to Assets and those on the right to the Liabilities of a firm.
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