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

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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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Ideally, how old would the company you work for be?

Let's say I'm asking people about characteristics of their ideal workplace. "Ideally, how old would the company you work for be?" "Ideally, how many people would also work at the company you ...
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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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One word for either Income (credit) or Expense (debit) [duplicate]

What word better denotes a money transaction: debit or credit?
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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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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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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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What is a word for an employee of a company that deals with community-related matters?

As in someone who interacts with the greater community and enforces an ethical code within the company. We came up with a few possibilities like "Crime Prevention Officer" or "Public Liaison Officer", ...
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Question related to cover letter [closed]

I have a few queries regarding how to write a cover letter: "make a real contribution as member of your team." or "make a real contribution as A member of your team." "If I may be a further ...
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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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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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What is a positive word for “deadline” that's < ~10 characters?

What is a more positive word for "deadline" that has also comparable length as "deadline" (~8 characters) so it's easy to type (hence more likely to catch on)? I'm a fan of positive reinforcement if ...
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Is it offensive to use “Red Tape” in a sentence?

I need to reply to an email and I wanted to clarify to the other person that: I understand exactly what needs to be done on the technical side but I'm not familiarized with the red tape involved ...
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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 _____. Any ...
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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, Assaf....
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Distinction between pre-hire onboarding and post-hire onboarding [closed]

Wikipedia talks of onboarding as "the mechanism through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and behaviors to become effective organizational members and insiders." And about....
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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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People who use “no” in every sentence [closed]

I want to know whether using unnecessary "No"s and negations paints individuals with a negative/insulting attitude. Examples from my dear workplace. Example 1: 1: "Hey Eric, today is so warm." 2: "...
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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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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 that ...
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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 example,...
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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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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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What does “toolbox meeting” or “toolbox training” mean?

What does "toolbox meeting" or "toolbox training" mean? The context is "Incident Report/ Toolbox meeting minutes /signed attendance sheet"
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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 in ...
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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 in 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”? [closed]

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 kids,...