Aug 2, 2016

Collocations 29: Business

58 cards
, 108 answers
  • Business collocations flashcards — Going into business
    • to  . . . 
      go
      into business

      1. to  . . . 
        set
        up a business

        1. to  . . . 
          go
          into partnership

          1. to  . . . 
            make
            a loss

            1. to  . . . 
              make
              a profit

              1. to  . . . 
                go
                under — to fail financially

                1. to  . . . 
                  fold
                  business — to close because of failure

                  1. to  . . . 
                    go
                    bankrupt — unable to pay debts, so the company’s property is sold by order of a court of law

                    1. to  . . . 
                      win
                      a contract

                      1. a  . . . 
                        stiff
                        competition

                        1. to  . . . 
                          take
                          on staff

                          1. to  . . . 
                            create
                            jobs

                            1. sales  . . . 
                              figures

                              1. an annual  . . . 
                                turnover
                                — amount of business a company does in a year

                                1. the  . . . 
                                  secret
                                  of success

                                  1. to  . . . 
                                    carry
                                    out market research — to conduct market research

                                    1. to  . . . 
                                      launch
                                      a new product

                                      1. to  . . . 
                                        set
                                        a high value

                                        1.  . . . 
                                          customer
                                          service

                                          1. after-sale  . . . 
                                            service

                                            1. to  . . . 
                                              run
                                              a business

                                              1. to  . . . 
                                                float
                                                the company on the stock market — to start selling shares in a business or company for the first time

                                                1. to  . . . 
                                                  go
                                                  public — to start selling shares in a business or company for the first time

                                                2. More business collocations
                                                  • to  . . . 
                                                    cease
                                                    trading — to close business

                                                    1.  . . . 
                                                      cut-throat
                                                      competition — very severe competition

                                                      1. market  . . . 
                                                        forces
                                                        — forces not influenced by government that decide price levels in an economy

                                                        1. to  . . . 
                                                          go
                                                          out of business

                                                          1. to  . . . 
                                                            do
                                                            brisk business

                                                            1. business is  . . . 
                                                              booming
                                                              — business is doing extremely well

                                                              1. a  . . . 
                                                                rival
                                                                company

                                                                1. to  . . . 
                                                                  strike
                                                                  /  . . . 
                                                                  do
                                                                  a deal

                                                                  1. to  . . . 
                                                                    balance
                                                                    the budget

                                                                    1. to  . . . 
                                                                      put
                                                                      in a bid — offered to do the work for a particular amount of money

                                                                    2. Quizzes.
                                                                      • Complete these collocations.
                                                                        • 1. to  . . . 
                                                                          float
                                                                          a company on the stock market
                                                                          1. conduct
                                                                          2. float
                                                                          3. launch

                                                                        • 2. to  . . . 
                                                                          launch
                                                                          a new product
                                                                          1. carry out
                                                                          2. launch
                                                                          3. float

                                                                        • 3. to  . . . 
                                                                          make
                                                                          a profit
                                                                          1. set
                                                                          2. do
                                                                          3. make

                                                                        • 4. to  . . . 
                                                                          go
                                                                          bankrupt
                                                                          1. make
                                                                          2. do
                                                                          3. go

                                                                        • 5. to  . . . 
                                                                          go
                                                                          into business
                                                                          1. do
                                                                          2. go
                                                                          3. carry out

                                                                        • 6. to  . . . 
                                                                          go
                                                                          into partnership
                                                                          1. float
                                                                          2. conduct
                                                                          3. go

                                                                        • 7. to  . . . 
                                                                          carry out
                                                                          market research
                                                                          1. carry out
                                                                          2. do
                                                                          3. make

                                                                        • 8. to  . . . 
                                                                          go
                                                                          public
                                                                          1. float
                                                                          2. go
                                                                          3. launch

                                                                        • 9. to  . . . 
                                                                          set
                                                                          up a business
                                                                          1. set
                                                                          2. do
                                                                          3. make

                                                                        • 10. to  . . . 
                                                                          make
                                                                          a loss
                                                                          1. make
                                                                          2. do
                                                                          3. set

                                                                      • Match the newspaper headlines with the topic of the stories.
                                                                        • 1. BUSINESS GOES UNDER
                                                                          1. a firm is going to sell shares for the first time
                                                                          2. a rival company is causing problems
                                                                          3. a company has ceased trading
                                                                          4. local companies’ sales figure are looking good
                                                                          5. a company wins a promising new contract
                                                                          6. a company may go out of business

                                                                        • 2. STIFF COMPETITION FOR LOCAL FIRM
                                                                          1. a company may go out of business
                                                                          2. a rival company is causing problems
                                                                          3. a firm is going to sell shares for the first time
                                                                          4. a company wins a promising new contract
                                                                          5. a company has ceased trading
                                                                          6. local companies’ sales figure are looking good

                                                                        • 3. BUSINESS BOOMING IN THE AREA
                                                                          1. a company wins a promising new contract
                                                                          2. a company may go out of business
                                                                          3. a rival company is causing problems
                                                                          4. a company has ceased trading
                                                                          5. a firm is going to sell shares for the first time
                                                                          6. local companies’ sales figure are looking good

                                                                        • 4. JACKSON’S STRIKE SUCCESSFUL DEAL WITH JAPAN
                                                                          1. a company may go out of business
                                                                          2. a company wins a promising new contract
                                                                          3. a firm is going to sell shares for the first time
                                                                          4. a company has ceased trading
                                                                          5. local companies’ sales figure are looking good
                                                                          6. a rival company is causing problems

                                                                        • 5. ICE CREAM COMPANY TO BE FLOATED
                                                                          1. a rival company is causing problems
                                                                          2. a company has ceased trading
                                                                          3. a firm is going to sell shares for the first time
                                                                          4. local companies’ sales figure are looking good
                                                                          5. a company may go out of business
                                                                          6. a company wins a promising new contract

                                                                        • 6. PAPER COMPANY EXPECTED TO FOLD
                                                                          1. a company may go out of business
                                                                          2. a company has ceased trading
                                                                          3. a firm is going to sell shares for the first time
                                                                          4. a rival company is causing problems
                                                                          5. local companies’ sales figure are looking good
                                                                          6. a company wins a promising new contract

                                                                      • Choose the correct collocation.
                                                                        • 1. Our company sets a high  . . . 
                                                                          value
                                                                          on after-sales service.
                                                                          1. cost
                                                                          2. price
                                                                          3. value

                                                                        • 2. Competition to  . . . 
                                                                          win
                                                                          the contract was  . . . 
                                                                          stiff
                                                                          .
                                                                          1. stiff
                                                                          2. earn
                                                                          3. achieve
                                                                          4. strong
                                                                          5. win
                                                                          6. hard

                                                                        • 3. You need a wide range of skills in order to  . . . 
                                                                          run
                                                                          a successful business.
                                                                          1. go
                                                                          2. work
                                                                          3. run

                                                                        • 4. How long have you been  . . . 
                                                                          doing
                                                                          business with China for?
                                                                          1. making
                                                                          2. getting
                                                                          3. doing

                                                                        • 5. The annual  . . . 
                                                                          turnover
                                                                          of our company is growing rapidly.
                                                                          1. turnover
                                                                          2. overturn
                                                                          3. overtake
                                                                          4. takeover

                                                                        • 6. It’s my job to  . . . 
                                                                          balance
                                                                          the budget.
                                                                          1. add
                                                                          2. weigh
                                                                          3. balance

                                                                        • 7. We’ve put in a very competitive  . . . 
                                                                          bid
                                                                          so I hope we’ll get the job.
                                                                          1. offer
                                                                          2. deal
                                                                          3. bid

                                                                        • 8. We’ve been doing  . . . 
                                                                          brisk
                                                                          business all morning.
                                                                          1. stiff
                                                                          2. brisk
                                                                          3. rapid

                                                                      • Fill the gaps in this local magazine article. Use the words below.
                                                                        • competition      won      create      runs      secret      struck      business      up      made      figures      does      put      service      rival

                                                                          Jan Vickers now a successful bicycle company in the town. He set it ten years ago to cater for students and he has done extremely well. He a lot of rental business with the tourist trade at local hotels. In his first year of operations he a loss, but his sales for his second year showed an upturn and he has never looked back since. Indeed you could say that is currently booming as he has just an important new contract with a chain of fitness centers. There was stiff but Jan in a bid which was more attractive than anything that companies could offer. So, the deal was . As a result Jan’s company is planning to 20 new jobs. When asked to explain the of his success, Jan puts it down to his company’s emphasis on after-sales .

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