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

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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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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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Any better word for “upsell”

My company provides more value to my clients by offering them services that could enhance their business/process. The process involves: I point a void (improvement scope) to the client. I look out ...
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Term to describe a collection of expenses you didn't think of

When making out a expense chart for example I know there is a term (as I have seen it before) where you can put it in for expenses that may come up that you initially didn't think of - it's not ...
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How to avoid excessive usage of personal pronoun? [duplicate]

English is not my first language and often I (as a Portuguese speaker) find that my sentences get too awkward with the number of personal pronouns that I usually use. Here is a generic example: ...
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“Firstname” or “First Name”?

In filling out forms, I'm starting to see a lot of this: Firstname: xx Lastname: yy Is it generally acceptable to join the words like that? Or should we be sticking to: First Name: ...
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Appropriate to start business email or letter with just “Dear,”?

Is it appropriate to start a business letter or email with just "Dear,"? I specifically refer to the case where there is no noun following "Dear,", so no "Dear All,", or "Dear Mr.,", or "Dear ...
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Can I say “thousands of <something>” to make it sound more dramatic when it's actually “a thousand and a half”? [closed]

I'm writing a letter to my friends and I want to make some parts of it sound more impressive and say in one part of the letter "thousands of <something>" Can I say so if is actually in order ...
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Is the use of the word 'hence' improper in business writing?

I'm a professional technical writer. I used the word 'hence' in my conclusions a couple of times. The client (from Canada) let me know that it sounds like something straight out of a "Shakespeare ...
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What is the correct way to express yearly quarters? Is using roman numerals correct?

While looking over a company's annual report, I realized that every business quarter was denoted using roman numerals. E.g. QI,2014 QII, 2014 etc. I am sure I am being petty and pedantic, ...
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Is 'action this matter' a correct phrase? [duplicate]

Is 'action this matter' a correct phrase? Is it correct to say "Pls check with Mr. X to ascertain whether his team or we should action this matter."
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Momentary vs Temporary

Is there any difference? Which would be better to describe a requirement for 1 or 2 days. Suppose I need to inform my Operations team, that I need a particular requirement to be implemented but I want ...
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How does one call a person who is next in line within a business process?

A business process consists of several consecutive steps, such that if a process flows from one step to another then the pair of steps is considered single-way connected. How does one call a person or ...
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Reported speech in Minute taking

I have to take minutes of a meeting, but I am quite confused at the moment. Here are some sentences which got me confused: ''Mr Johnson: Latin America and Asia produce the same products, so I suggest ...
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Parentheses or quotations for English name (foreigner)? [closed]

My English name is Michael (my name is Minh, so Michael and Minh have some similarity). Should I put my name as: Minh "Michael" Nguyen or Minh (Michael) Nguyen (on a résumé, business card, email ...
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Check or Bill.. which one? [duplicate]

When you go to a restaurant or coffee shop you'll get a bill which you need to pay but some people call it check and maybe there are other names. what's the correct name to use for it?
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Correct use(s) of “Name, Founder” [closed]

When listing a name and title on for example a business card, does "Name, Founder" mean: "the founder" "a founder" Both
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Company Name as Verb [duplicate]

I am looking for interesting classroom material. Google is both the name of a company and also a verb. Is there a name for this type of verb? Are there any other examples of this type of verb?
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A better expression for “sharing workshop in a company” [closed]

I am trying to find a better expression for this: I mean that the workshop is about the sharing of conversation with company people so to improve company
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I need another way of saying 'does the talking' [closed]

I'm coming up with a tagline for my business – 'Where flavour does the talking'. I'm basically trying to get across the idea that flavour is the main focus. Any ideas?
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Use of “deadpool” as a verb

I recently came across this term while examining a set of properties in a JSON feed relating to a startup company: ... "deadpooled_year": null, "deadpooled_month": null, "deadpooled_day": null, ...
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Is there a business phrase for whack-a-mole?

In my company, I've been asked to generate reports about accounts (for example) that have abnormal traits (less than 1%, for example). They want to know where these abnormal cases are so they can go ...
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What is the plural of Prius?

What would be the correct plural of Prius, and why? A Latin professor would say Prium’s the best...
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Why “line of business” applications?

In software, why do we talk about line-of-business applications (sometimes abbreviated to LOB)? Why not just business applications? So it's useful to distinguish between general software (like email ...
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Is “solutioning” a correct word?

My Outlook flags the word "solutioning" as a spelling mistake. According to Urban Dictionary : solutioning: A word many business people misuse to describe the process of creating a solution. ...
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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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“Principal” vs “owner”

What is the business perception of identifying yourself as the Principal vs the Owner? I assume they are largely synonymous (please tell me if there are subtle differences, but in a small business ...
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Grammatically incorrect or just awkward?

Is this grammatically incorrect or just clunky? If you put time into it you will be rewarded as you master all the different techniques. EDIT (copied from a reply below): I’ll add a bit of ...
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Business meeting jargon- a “walkthrough” of a document

I'm writing a document and I need to discuss sessions during which one party presents a document and walks the other party through the document, reading each sentence out loud, asking for any comments ...
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Professional term for “Apples to apples” comparison

Is there a term which would sound more fitting in an academic or professional setting for describing a comparison between two things highlighting the similarity of the measurement/comparison process?
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Do both of these introductions mean the same thing and make sense?

I work with someone whom I have not yet introduced myself to; someone usually introduces a new person around the office but I wasn’t in on this person’s first day, so I missed that. Anyway, on ...
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Price per 100 pieces?

In business English, what is the correct way to say: Price per 100 pieces? the context is a table listing unit price when the overall quantity is of 100 pieces. In short: if you buy 100 pieces, ...
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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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How to emphasize pronunciation of a specific letter? [closed]

I have a client whos business name is TradOut — pronounced like “Trade Out”. What would be the best way to show that the pronunciation should sound like “trade” and not like “trahd”? We looked ...
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How to best convey excitement for the next assignment, quarter, or project? [closed]

I’ve just received feedback on my work during the second quarter of the year (Q2) from my manager. I would like to reply to this feedback and end my reply with a sentence along the lines of" ...
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Saying “programming” vs “coding” [duplicate]

I've always thought that "programming" sounded more professional opposed to "coding". But after looking at the words more closely I'm not entirely sure they mean the same thing. But even if they do ...
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On the Making of Decisions—Compound, Hyphen, or Space? [duplicate]

I'm responsible for most of the copy editing at my job. While it goes pretty smoothly most of the time, there is one area that keeps creating a bit of cognitive dissonance for me: decisionmaking ...
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A poetic word or expression for networking/lobbying/making professional connections

I’m looking for a poetic word or expression that means making professional connections, lobbying, networking, socializing professionally. League, circuit, club, society, and so on and so forth.
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What is the correct way to respond to sender with full name

I recently received an email I need to respond to, but I am unsure of the correct way to address the sender. Dear Mr Sayse, [ . . . email body . . . ] Regards Joe Bloggs Is it ...
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What can I replace the word “I” with in my cover letter? [duplicate]

When proofing my résumé’s cover letter, I found that I am writing I way too much. I have read that this is a potential turn-off for employers. Does anyone have suggestions on how to replace I with ...
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Is there a more tactful way to tell someone they are “difficult to work with”?

I want to tell someone they have been “difficult to work with” in writing, but I don’t want to put it quite so directly. Is there another way to write it so that doesn’t sound as if it were some ...
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Is it okay to use “Sure thing” as a reply to my boss?

I was wondering whether sure thing — when I mean certainly — is too casual in a business environment, or whether it could be used under certain circumstances. (I’m not a native speaker of English.)
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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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Business English Semantic Shift of “Abreast”

My coworker just sent out an email asking someone to [please] keep abreast for a response. My understanding is that the phrase is keep abreast of x, and that it is used to mean actively keeping up ...
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This Company is the Driving Force of / Behind our success [closed]

Which will be the correct form? Driving force behind our company OR Driving force of our company Thanks.
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Can “thanks in advance” be considered rude?

Some argue that because “thanks in advance” is written before any help has been offered, it adds an expectation of help and thus can be considered presumptuous. Is this reasonable? Would it be ...
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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, ...