Terminology, etiquette, and conventions used when doing business in English.

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How to describe the “waiting time” as someone else has yet to finish the dependent task?

I cannot start my next task until the other person completes his task. I need a good word to publish this to senior management.
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Using slang in formal writing [on hold]

Is it appropriate to use the expression "are you up for something" in business writing? I have a client who knows me and my family personally, but I still want to be professional when writing. So, ...
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Asking a person to become a customer? [closed]

I want to ask a person to become a customer by email of our B2B SaaS product after we had an initial call. But I want to do it in a very polite way and at the same time ask him what things (features ...
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What is a hypernym for the ascending and descending legs of a flight?

If an airline flight is everything that happens in between your starting and ending gates. What is the generic term for each time the plane ascends or descends during an air route? In layman terms, ...
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Difference between twilight zone and gray area

I have found in dictionary that gray area = an ill-defined situation or area of activity not readily conforming to a category or set of rules. Twilight zone = The ambiguous region between two ...
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Nuance of accordingly and request for its equivalent phrase

I'll arrange the schedule accordingly. The situation is I was asked to arrange a schedule to welcome a guest to our office from a US branch and I just got his preferred date and time to visit. I was ...
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What is your position in the company? [closed]

When someone sent you an email without signature, how to ask - in a polite way - which is the person's position in the company ?
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Word for separating into silos?

In a business context, a silo is a department or task force that works on a specific project or area of the business independently (often with minimal if any contact) from other silos. I have a list ...
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Is the term “step-action table” jargon?

I'm an engineer. My doc team has been using step-action tables to create user-facing documentation for some software that I've built recently. I think these tables are awesome, but I keep seeing ...
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Compound adjective or short phrase to describe something that is affected by an issue

I'm looking for a word, compound adjective or very short phrase that could be used to describe something, such as a parcel delivery, that is affected by an issue. What I'm looking for is supposed to ...
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My Company Name is Correct?

I already have an established company name. However need a pure English speaker to advise me if the name should be in plural or not. My company name is “Gadgets World” should it be Gadgets or just ...
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How to say that I work only as a contractor using the “B2B” term? [closed]

I sometimes answer to different job offers where it's written that the only form of employment is a regular full-time employment agreement. What's the natural way of saying that I prefer B2B (I really ...
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Is “Announceable” as a noun an Australianism?

I just heard of the word "Announceable" being as a noun. This word was announced as a Word of the Year candidate in 2011 by the Macquarie Dictionary. An example from 2010, albeit using sneer quotes: ...
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What is the difference between prospective, contingent and tentative offer?

What is the difference between prospective, contingent and tentative offer? Can you make some sentences using the word prospective for better understanding?
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What does title “Cost Effective Web Design” signify in English? [closed]

When addressing on search engines or even writing an email about a business query for a cheap web designer does the statement pass on the message clearly "Cost Effective Web Design" or Should I use a ...
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What is the difference between “look into” and “look at” when used in figurative meaning? [closed]

Thank you for sending me the introduction of your company. We will "look into"/"look at" it later. What is the difference between "look into" and "look at" when used with a figurative meaning in ...
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Is it bad to write “the rest of the gang”?

One person proposed something, then I told him my personal opinion. The I told him "...but I still need to discuss this issue with the rest of the gang". I mean my colleague and superiors. Is this ...
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What's a word similar to the adj. form of “elect” but for a position that was held previously?

I'm working on my CV and I'm trying to describe an elected position I held with a title. "Treasurer Elect" does not fit since I was appointed to the position in the past. "Elected Treasurer" also ...
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What does 'the date is in my calendar' mean?

I received a single-sentence reply 'the date is in my calendar' when I asked a person to make an appointment with a specific date. I thought it means the date works for the person at the beginning. ...
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“Redline” explanation [closed]

Expedite the process by requiring the Customer to “redline” any changes to drafts throughout the review process, and be careful not to send any contract drafts to the Customer that contain internal ...
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A synonym for 'à la carte' to describe additional services provided

What is a synonym, specifically for business negotiation, to describe additional services provided (e.g. The following services will be offered à la carte:...)?
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What does type or print name and title mean? [closed]

I am filling out my articles of organization to form an LLC and in the last part it says to type or print my name and title. I know what the type or print part means but I'm confused with what the ...
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How to ask formally - please suggest a course of action?

Can someone please suggest an alternative way of asking business stakeholders: "Please suggest a necessary course of action" ...after a part of their plan was rejected by higher authorities. ...
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Latin equivalent for “case-by-case” phrase

I would appreciate a reminder of the Latin-phrase equivalent, or alternative suggestions, for "case-by-case," specifically for language to be included in a public-private case-study. Thank you.
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Meaning of “ace up your sleeve” in business context

I know that "an ace up your sleeve " is an idiom . However , I don't understand the meaning of the term when our manager says to our data scientist : "You produced what you always produce - a ...
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what's “disruption” globally mean today? [closed]

The word "disruption" doesn't have the same meaning, also totally different when used in business context. Someone can help define it better? Thanks
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Usage of without in conjunction with within

In my experience, the word "without" is generally used as a preposition to describe some action for example: I went to Paris without my bag. I believe though, that I have heard it used with ...
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What does a “logo” means in sales/business talk?

At my company we use the term "new logos" in context of acquiring new customers, but I never heard it before so I googled and I could barely find anything except for this one article: The Reason You’...
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Is it not nice to describe self as “shrewd”?

Here is how I described our firm in brief: is a group of shrewd professionals who went through myriad business situations and are passionate about understanding business objectives and solving ...
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How to add clarity to a declarative sentence? [closed]

I have the following sentence, and I am wondering how I could make it more clear, and catchy because i feel like there is something wrong with it. Does the message come across properly? ...
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Not sure if this is grammatically correct: Target in-demand candidates for your apprenticeship

I am a little confused about this slogan that I wrote: Target in-demand candidates for your apprenticeship. I feel this sentence is not complete and could be rephrased to be shorter and clearer....
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A word for a company that provides a service

I'm writing up a business model and have arrived at the point to place the business in the value chain. I know that the business would go in the spot where the 'retailer' usually is however, a ...
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Word for a retailer's distinctive products

When I worked in retail, I learned terms such as "loss leader", which describes a product that generates little or no profit but draws customers into a store. Is there a similar term for the unique ...
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Is it common to use 'time slot' to refer to days/weeks?

How would you say to a client that you a have a 'free time slot' (like days or weeks) to take a job? Is it common to refer to 'time slot' even if I'm thinking about days or even weeks?
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Is it correct to say “from conceptualization to realisation”?

I am writing a business email to a client and I want to tell him that we have developed many softwares from first step (from an idea) to last step (a real product). Is it correct to write it like ...
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Word for a gift you get by virtue of your job

I am certain I once read a definition of a word that describes the gift you get only by virtue of your job and not really given to you personally. Like, when the US President gets a rug from the ...
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“We are familiar” improvement [closed]

I have this,"We are familiar with the sport activities", sentence but to me it's a bit awkward and I need to improve it a little bit. I need to improve "We are familiar" part, and I am kind of stuck ...
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Word for a team from company 'A' working for company 'B ' at B's workplace? what this process can be called? [closed]

I think we can call it 'remote team' but is there any other more formal word for team and the process?
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Is there an intuitive noun for this type of business transaction

In the domain I am working in (business accounting), I'm struggling to find a term to explain an event which takes place. Supposing we have two sides to this business accounting we want to represent: ...
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Product name for service that manages connections [closed]

Looking for a word or catchy phrase that captures the meaning of "connection management". I work for a web-based company that manages APIs (API's are the connective tissue of the Internet of Things). ...
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What is the polite way to ask a client what he wants?

If I answer a phone call from an english speaking client of my company, what is the polite way to ask why he is calling/what he wants? It seems impolite to me to just ask "what do you want?". Is there ...
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Verb Tense for Recommendation

I am writing a recommendation for a project. My recommendation may or may not be followed, so I have been using conditional present throughout. Examples: The module would be responsible for ... The ...
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Preamble: Excluded from this document? [closed]

How can I state that a thing is specifically excluded from a document in the preamble? NOTE: This document does not address the population of the data prior to running a specific batch letter ...
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Opens on vs Opens in

I have a service that deals with open hours of businesses. People can browse the service and see if their favorite business is open right now and if not, when is the next time that it will be open. ...
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Customer of my customer is …?

I am designing an online service that serves employees of customer of my customers. End users in this system are employees of customer of my customer. And my customers are mostly organizations, not ...
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Ending a mail in my language? [closed]

I was having a discussion with my coworker because I was sending a mail in English (we're Mexicans), and I wanted to end the mail with: Saludos! My coworker insisted that I ought to stick to the ...
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Professional Engineering-related Business Letter

For one of my Engineering Courses, I had to write a professional Business Letter to inform my hypothetical employer of my analysis about two alternatives, and which one of them is better. For this ...
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Word for an additional period of time allowed for something

I don't know what word, idiom or phrase to use if I want to say "I want to be allowed to use some specific offers for additional period of time." For example I am allowed to use software for one month ...
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The Road Warrior

In modern business speak one increasingly sees the phrase "Road Warrior" used to refer to people who spend a lot of their time travelling for work. Looking at it independentaly this seems a bit of an ...
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Capitalize all letters in a title/heading

I'm creating a resume and am therefore looking at various sample resumes. In some of them, the heading of each section has all letters in uppercase, e.g. "EDUCATION" or "EXPERIENCE". I also remember ...