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

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How to formally ask to take it forward

I have to ask another business team to take it forward for next set of actions from their side. How do I formally ask them?
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What does “legal jumping jacks” mean in the marketing context?

I came across the expression "legal jumping jacks" in a sentence from a sales pitch text which is explaining why that company is good to buy a service from. The sentence is like as below: We(...
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an expression for someone else taking over a project at the very end, then taking credit for it

There's an expression I can't remember about someone else taking over a project at the very end, and taking credit for it - something like taking it the last mile, taking it in for the touchdown... I....
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Synonym for “follow-up” meaning the most experienced waiter as a noun

I used to work for a restaurant that had waiter teams. There were three roles: Aid, Lead, and Follow-up. The Aid was basically the busboy. The Lead greeted the customers, took the drink orders, got ...
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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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Signing off an email with 'on behalf of'? [closed]

I am writing an email as one of the committee members of a voluntary organization. Is this an appropriate way to sign off an informal email whose audience is professionals? Regards, On behalf of <...
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Name of a Product that Fixes the Problems Created by Another Product

At work today, I was having a discussion with a coworker. He believes that there is a specific name for the scenario or marketing strategy where a company creates a product that was designed to ...
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Is there an idiom about not listening? Or about being rude?

We have a foreign boss, he isn't very receptive if we broach subjects with him about his mannerisms. However he has been very interested in learning different colloquialisms or idioms. We have been ...
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is the following sentence correct? “Please select each articles condition.”

A customer should choose the condition for each "article". "articles" is also the plural form of "article". so is "Please select each articles condition." correct, or should i use something like "......
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Is the word “attached” in the sentence “Please find attached the file…” passive or adjective? Why can the word “attached” split verb from object

The sentence "Please find attached the file containing the data you requested" is often seen at the beginning of emails. To be precise, the first part of it (Please find attached the file). The second ...
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Is saying “X it is” too informal a response for a casual workplace environment? [closed]

When choos­ing be­tween op­tions, peo­ple of­ten say X it is. For ex­am­ple: Dick: What do you want to eat? Jane: I want pizza. Dick: Pizza it is. I am cu­ri­ous whether say­ing X it is is just ...
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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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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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Polite way of calling someone for help

At work, how can I say "whenever you are ready I am ready." I would like to say "I am ready so please help me when you are available." Here is my full email: Hello #### Whenever you are ...
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Survey: Do you say “I'm having Home Office today” in your country?

So here's the thing - people in my country just love to use this home office expression when referring to working from home. What's baffling me is this term seems to have already taken roots in ...
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Which form is correct with pursue?

I am not sure about which of the following forms would be correct: I was pursuing my passions studying CS at University I was pursuing my passions by studying CS at University I was pursuing my ...
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What's a polite way to say I will not be working? [closed]

I want to let my co-workers know that I will not be working on a given day due to a national holiday. However, just saying I will not be working Thursday, due to a national holiday Feels a little ...
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Name for a business model where you get free 'basic' packages

I'm looking for a term for a business model that includes free base packages and charges you for the amount of service you require. Some examples: Unity, pay once you make 100'000 Google Drive, ...
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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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Why in business, horizontal market are called horizontal and vertical market are called veritical?

Horizontal market serves a wide range of buyers for example cars like mercidies benz, Honda civic, Toyoto corolla but in contrast vertical markets are quite focused to serve needs of specific groups ...
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Should I repeat my greeting in an email exchange? [closed]

In case I send John Smith an email and he sends me a response, should I include "Hi John," when I am replying to his email?
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What is the business term to use when describing take a business to smaller markets

Like a business used to operate in big cities/markets, now the mgmt team made a decision - avoid the saturation and competition - to take the business to smaller places where there are new ...
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Alternative to “grandfather” in an organizational context [duplicate]

In organizations sometimes we refer to the manager of a manager as the "grandfather". For example "candidates for senior level positions must go through a grandfather's interview" meaning those ...
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Aggregate vs total [closed]

What is the difference between the words aggregate and total? Please give examples where one word might be preferred to the other. In economics for example, there are terms like aggregate demand, ...
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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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Opposite of “granular”

What is the opposite of "granular" in the following usage? granularity The level of detail considered in a model or decision making process. The greater the granularity, the deeper the ...
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Alternative to “queer the deal”?

The phrase queer at­ti­tude used to be com­mon­place, sim­ply mean­ing a strange at­ti­tude or un­help­ful be­hav­ior. Un­for­tu­nately in the present era, I once used that phrase and sadly of­fended ...
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Formal way to suggest a time for a business call [closed]

If I was asked to set a time for a business call, what terms can I use to formally suggest/ determine a time? Can I use the following in formal writing? "5 O'clock would be good for me. Would this ...
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Term for an unachievable goal which should be aimed for

Is there a term to describe a goal which it's unlikely will ever be fully achieved, but should be aimed for anyway? E.g. "All business processes should be fully documented" is a great goal to have. ...
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The best way to write down my English name [closed]

I would like to ask for native English speakers’ opinion on the best way to write down my English name. My name is Minhyuk Lim(Korean name), and in the most of business circumstances, foreign ...
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Word for someone who makes decisions based purely on business or what would be most efficient? [closed]

A decision made regardless of ethical consequences.
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“Body Leasing”: Is it English?

In my country, we sometimes call working arrangements where one company "leases" individual employees to another "body leasing". "Body" and "to lease" are obviously English words of good standing, ...
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Is there a general term for an inventory item that is taken from over time?

For example, let's say there's a business that has reels of wire rope, yarn, or chain. Or even tanks full of gasoline. In all of those cases, what is being sold is not the whole reel or tank, but ...
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Connotations of the word Triassic [closed]

Our company is planning to name a new venture as Triassic... and our user base is native English speakers mostly in the US and rest of the world. I wanted to check with native speakers does the word ...
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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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How would you call someone who is working part-time as a student (Werkstudent in German)

I'm struggling finding a term for a job rank for a part-time working student to use it for my CV or in general in the whole interview process: In Germany we don't only have interns, but something ...
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Is it correct to say “Open shift”?

Is it correct to say open shift and close shift or is it more preferred to use begin shift and close shift? By opening shift, I mean it from the perspective of the worker that uses a cash register or ...
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“draft invoice” or “upcoming invoice”?

If I have a provisional document that is listing the items that will be billed for this month (subject to change, because the month is not yet finished), then what is the better term? "draft invoice" ...
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Use of encl. at the bottom of a cover letter where the body of the text already explains this

I am submitting a grant request. The package will include four copies of the grant request, an executive summary, and a cover letter. The cover letter is very short and says in part "I have included ...
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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: xx ...
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Can or should “ask” ever be used as a noun?

"The ask is that you provide me with..." I started hearing "ask" being used as a noun a few years ago. Is this a recent trend? Is it an East Coast thing, unique to North America, or just unique to ...
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Term for entering a market with a lower pricing and simpler offer [business] [closed]

There is a term meant to describe the following situation, in business strategy: Suppose there is a market with a few companies acting as a closed oligopoly, with only full-featured and very pricey ...
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The process of cutting and shaping sheet metal so that air can pass through? like sides of a 1968 Corvette Stingray

Perhaps more technical or industry related, but what is the English word that describes the process of cutting and shaping sheet metal so it breathes yet aerodynamic and weather resistant. Kind of ...
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Short word to describe someone wearing smartglasses [closed]

My company is developing smart eyewear and I'm looking for a short word to describe the users of our smartglasses for English documents. The ideal wording would be understandable by British, US, and ...
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Word to describe a company that pretends to do the right thing? [closed]

What word(s) would you use to describe a business or company that pretends to do the legal/right thing regarding employees, but in reality the company does not care. This issue pertains to legalities ...
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Open annotation vs Closed annotation for business writing

For business writing (mail and letters) which one is more preferred annotation? Open annotation:- Hi James ...... Thanks Vikas Closed annotation:- Hi James, ...... Thanks, Vikas
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Double Copula or “double is” in professional/technical writing

I am proofreading a professional, technical text written by someone else. In the text, I encountered, "But, the reality is is a..." My intuition says that this should be rewritten as, "But, the ...
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Use of the word “Compatibility”

I'm writing parameters for a software report. I need a word that means "compatible" but compatible to many different applications. Something like "multi-compatible."
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I did not get the job offer. What term could describe the brief sadness I experienced, then moving forward?

I was turn downed for a job offer after an onsite interview. This was sad news for me. What term could describe the brief sadness I experienced upon notification that I did not make the cut for a job ...
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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.