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

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Expressing like for like comparisons

I am trying to research common reporting practice, but somehow fail to find the right keywords for Google. Essentially when a large retailer compares their reports from last year to this year the ...
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“We choose our partners by…”

I want to say that we (as a company) choose only the best companies to join our partners program and I'm looking for a better way to say it. Something like: We choose our partners by _____. ...
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Let's not throw money at lawyers

Is there an idiom for telling my client to leave the lawyers to one side and sign a contract later on in the process -- something like "Let's not throw money at lawyers at this stage"? Thanks, ...
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what's the difference between “Remarks” and “Note”?

When I make a table, there is a column we left for the things we forget to write down on it. What would we call this item? Remarks or Note?
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What's the difference between “Conference” and “Meeting”?

See:The meeting will be held in a conference room at 10:00 am. Is there any problem if I change the position of these two words in the sentence like "The conference will be held in a meeting room at ...
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Differences between vertical restraints and vertical restrictions in Antitrust Law [closed]

I've read a lawsuit (link:https://bulk.resource.org/courts.gov/c/US/433/433.US.36.76-15.html) that uses both "vertical restraints" and "vertical restrictions", I'm translating this document so I ...
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“Try me”: Too Sexually Suggestive and “Slangy” for Retail Marketing?

Is the expression “Try Me” inappropriately sexually suggestive and “slangy” for use in retail marketing? A client wants an expression for use on a sticker for an electronic device in a retail store ...
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The behavior that sell goods and service daily basis and collect payment monthly [closed]

A kind of small business which sells goods and services daily and collects payment monthly. How to describe such a kind of behavior of sell and collection ? Is it ok to use periodic sell and monthly ...
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Single vs double quotation marks for nickname?

I am trying to conform to the British practice (specifically Oxford Style Guide) and I am a little confused which to use to mark a nickname: Andrew 'Andy' Johnson Andrew "Andy" Johnson I know ...
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Polite way to inform that there is no need to reply (business language) [closed]

I am often requesting my colleges via email to update a status of a case they work on. The update (note) should be provided in application they work on which is also explained in my request. There is ...
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If you use a prefix for the first item in a list do all item in the list keep the prefix with out stating it for each one

If you use a prefix for the first item in a list do all items in the list keep that pre fix or should each item restate the prefix. This is my example. "This excludes pre-approved sick, vacation, ...
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Prices: “As low as” vs. “starting from”

Today I received an email with the following advertisement: The SSL certicate can be renewed for as little as one year and for a price as low as $7.9500. RENEW TODAY! I understood it the way ...
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What are you having?

When we are at the restaurant is more correct for the waitress to ask '' what are you having madam?'' or ''what will you have?''
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How to say “I vaunt a broad knowledge of the subject” without bragging?

How can I say "I vaunt a broad knowledge and understanding of the subject" without sounding too arrogant? The verb to vaunt implies bragging, in my humble opinion.
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Economic potential of a company

I would like to say, in business terms, "thanks to the money the company has", meaning they can make investments, I thought of: Thanks to your company's economic potential ?
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local knowledge of the territory

In business language, how could you say: local knowledge of the territory? As in: The company has a deep knowledge of the territory, i.e., logistics, suppliers, clients and people knowledge, etc. ...
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In terms of betting, how would you say “You will get 5× in return if you win”?

In terms of betting, how would you say "You will get 5× in return if you win"?
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Answering or calling in response to a job posting?

Which of this is correct when calling concerning a job opening: Hello Mrs Goodman. My name is ..... and I'm answering the advertisement for a ..... that was in ..... paper." Or Hello Mrs Goodman. ...
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Naming Conglomerate Company [closed]

I am looking to name a Canadian corporation that is the holding corporation for a group of companies, a conglomerate. I am wondering whether to include the word "the" in the company name. For ...
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Which is more strong in business, “complain” or “ claim”?

Could you explain the difference between "complain" and "claim" in business, please? In case that I do not satisfy the ability or the capability of my business partner, which is suitable or ...
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Alternative word to the new verb “onboard” [closed]

Apparently HR folk have taken to using the word "onboard" as a verb, to be used as a synonym for "bring up to speed", as in: We need to onboard new staff to our dynamic way of thinking. instead ...
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Equivalence at word level [closed]

Is there a one-to-one relationship between word and meaning?
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Difference in usage of terms “company” and “firm”

In a meaning of officially registered and bounded business unit. Like "Microsoft" or "Apple" or "ZARA" or copy shop round the corner. In some books on management/entrepreneurship authors use both ...
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Opposite of “to put a good word in for”? “Backstab” doesn't work

I know that when I have an associate who I think highly of and is very capable of performing the job (or person for a relationship) [s]he is pursuing, I will want to find the "recruiters" and put a ...
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Capitalizing “the” when mid-sentence in a company name?

Consider a company called: The Association of Examples Ltd. When you refer to this company, should you have to capitalize "the" when it's mid-sentence and would have been used even if it wasn't ...
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I am on “annual leave”?

This one has been bothering me the past couple of weeks. On many (most!) people's email auto-responders, when they go on holiday, they set it to something along the lines of: I am currently on ...
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Using dashes vs. commas in business communications

Having settled into a new job in communications, I am faced with the issue of em dashes. Since I am quite partial to commas but my boss is more partial to em dashes, I can't help but wonder whether ...
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Is there a better way of wording this? [closed]

Apologies if this question is off-topic. I've checked the FAQs for topics that are acceptable and 'word choice and usage' appears in the list. I'm working on a website redesign and would like to ...
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Can I say I landed at Boston? [closed]

I know the plane lands in Boston but can I say I landed at Boston ?
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How should “The Cloud” be capitalized?

"We are migrating our core systems into (1) The Cloud ... or (2) the cloud ... or (3) the Cloud???" I've googled (Googled?) this and found the usual range of differing opinions but as yet no ...
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Is the word “clinic”, as in a basketball clinic, a natural and “warm” choice compared to alternatives such as “camp” and “program”?

I'm developing a website for a client who provides physical education programs for elementary schools. The client frequently uses the word clinic to refer to his more targeted sports programs for ...
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Looking for an English word to explain a certain business situation

I am looking for an English word to explain the following business situation. A new product or service is offered to the market. There are many small companies that start to provide this service or ...
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Antonym of 'Cascade'

In our company, at the beginning of year, we have what is known as Goals Cascading. Essentially, the senior most people in the firm set goals for the entire firm and then the people at the next level ...
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“personal issue”, “private issue”, “personal affair”, or “personal business”?

I need to send my boss mail explaining that because of a personal issue I need to handle, I can’t attend the conference. Which of these phrases would best express that I have my own business to deal ...
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Is “come again” an absolute slang? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and use the expression "come again" in various forms such as "Come again, please" or "Can you come again?". I consider it to be a general expression which can also be ...
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Hypernym for “customer,” “supplier”, “manufacturer”

I need an abstraction for the above terms. In financial services, counterparty is often used. Another hypernym could be account (although this sounds more like a bank account, or user/login ...
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Raising a letter of credit

What does raise mean in the following sentence? The Letter of Credit to be raised as soon as possible after the Contract signature. Does it mean collecting the money? Or something else?
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A word for “not needing directions in order to solve an issue”?

Is there a word to describe the ability to be able to complete tasks without necessarily needing instructions, i.e. finding it out yourself. It's for a personal profile in a CV.
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Is a certification “gotten”, “earned”, or “obtained”? [closed]

When you pass the exam for certification in ABC, which if any of these work, and which if any do not work? You get a certification in ABC. You earn a certification in ABC. You obtain a certification ...
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Can I use a plural last name as my company name? [closed]

So let’s assume my last name is Norton and I’m starting a publishing company. I want it to be “Nortons, Limited”. It is quite common to use plurals in company names — for example, Waterstones, ...
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What is the best answer to the question “How are you” in business meetings? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When someone asks, “How are you?” Every time when my colleges from USA ask me "How are you?" I don't know what should I answer. I think that answer like "Fine, thanks. ...
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Concise phrase for “former employees' tasks” [closed]

I'm looking for a short, snappy alternative word/phrase meaning "person who has left the company". I have very limited space available (20 characters) for a label that conveys (in prose): List ...
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Word or phrase for mere coincidence that brings happiness

I wish to state that my exposure to a certain area was a mere coincidence, and I am happy about the area. Moreover, I want to convey the idea that the incident was like a fairytale, something no one ...
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Content Performance [closed]

What is a right word to describe Content/Performance? It is about best and effective content that form a complete artefact. The example text as below: 5.4.1 Content/Performance This is about a ...
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What do you call the main telephone number?

I understand that someone's work phone might have an extension. What do you call the main number of that office, which would normally be answered by an operator or a computer voice system? Would it ...
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the word “partner” in business situations

In business situations, is it acceptable to introduce a business partner as simply "my partner" or is it necessary to specify "my business partner"? I have seen both used and the issue seems to ...
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Greeting in different ways [closed]

I'm going to go to US for a long business trip, during which I'm going to meet a lot of people. Some of them are senior managers; others are day-to-day colleagues. I want to know how to greet people ...
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Meaning of “reach out to somebody”

The dictionary explains this as: To show somebody that you are interested in them and/or want to help them The explanation indicates the subject of the sentence is the one that offers help, but ...
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OED Appeals: Antedatings of “headhunter”

The OED has made a public appeal for help in tracing the history of some English words, including: headhunter noun earlier than 1960 The tribal practice of decapitating enemies and ...
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How can I politely tell a customer that we only provide e-mail support? [closed]

I'm running an online e-commerce site but use only e-mails for customer service to cut the expense. When a customer asks me by e-mail if he/she can call me for some questions, how can I politely ...