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

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How did 'knight' semantically specialise to mean acquirer of a target company?

From my research on chess, I know that the knight jumps to the opposite corner of a 2x3 rectangle, and is the only piece that can jump over all other pieces. But measured in points, the knight isn't ...
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Is there a formal way of stating “to be appointed”?

I am currently writing the annual report for a charity. There are trustees which will be appointed, but not at the date of the report. Is there a formal way of stating Trustee "to be appointed&...
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Is the question below grammatically correct? [closed]

"I was wondering if I will be working on the bank holidays or not." Is this question grammatically correct and formal enough?
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What is another way of saying “we cannot guarantee”?

1. Summarize the problem I work for an IT solutions provider and we always try to get the customer anything they inquire. We also want to avoid negative connotations with our brand, so we avoid ...
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Term for“getting out of a business deal”

Is there a legal/business term for "getting out of a [business] deal"? The context is say somebody has done everything he/she was supposed to do, and handed over all his/her responsibilities ...
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What does POC mean?

I'm mailing with someone to purchase a product. At the end of one of the emails that I received there's a word, "POC". I'm struggling to find the meaning of this word and the meaning of it ...
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After Interview Reply

I was interviewed 3 days ago which went well and It was my last interview with respective department Head for the position. I didn't receive any reply after the interview so I contacted the HR guy ...
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Part-Time and Freelance working schedules: set, or on-demand

I'm trying to find a way to use fairly formal/professional language to describe two different models for work. I have a rough idea of the two models, but I am currently only able to use informal ...
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What is the correct word usage of “spends a lot” in this context?

I am in the process of writing a business plan and want to write that the organization's target audience spends a lot. However, I have to mention this a lot and I can not figure out how to write this ...
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Umbrella term for Invoice, Debit Note, or Credit Note

I would like to find a generic term for a transaction of type Invoice, Debit Note, or Credit Note. The term transaction is already reserved since the context involves other sorts of transactions ...
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Is 'Could you please looking into the issue?' grammatically correct? [closed]

I have seen a question as in the title above in a formal thread. Is it grammatically correct using looking here? And also what about these alternatives? Can you please look into the issue? Could you ...
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Why teams working on related projects are called sister teams and not brother teams? [duplicate]

I have seen in american workplaces (especially software companies) the teams who work on related projects or work on some complimentary projects are called sister teams. why do we call them sister ...
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What do we call a company that provides the services that were outsourced?

If my company outsources some manufacturing site (pharmaceutical plant) auditing functions to a third-party company, what is the most generic term for that company? I found outsourcing provider, is ...
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Why do scammers frequently call their products a “system”?

Whenever I hear radio ads for various weird liquid vitamin bottles and similar scams (or very likely scams), they always call these bottles "systems": Our system is guaranteed to be ...
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how to describe a person in office live by `Information Asymmetry`

if a person work in a office at a firm. He reports his manager the information best for him, sometimes lies to his manager. He tells his subordinate staff the information best for him, sometimes lies ...
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What is the difference between screen shot and screenshot, where do we use screen shot and screenshot

What is the difference between screen shot and screenshot, where do we use screen shot and screenshot. Are they used interchangeably?
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Synonym for “subordinate”, “inferior”, and “superior” in the work sense? [duplicate]

I'm aware that this has been asked before on here, but I thought I'd ask again because I really don't like the words "subordinate", "superior", and "inferior", e.g. "don't let them hear you say that; ...
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best - fit vs best fit

I'm having a bit of a disagreement about the use of the words "best fit" vs "best - fit" (note the extra spaces suggested). The sentence is "...and I enjoy analysing human behaviour and drivers to ...
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Term for “final accounting for an employee”?

What do you call the process undertaken when an employee has concluded their employment with some employer, of what amounts of money the employee is due, and what they need to return or reimburse, on ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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