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    • Join Date: Apr 2006
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    #1

    Cool Process or Progress a report

    Hello,
    I need help here. I am teaching a Business English course in Germany and the text book I am using refers to "progressing" rather than "processing" an application. Have I missed a new development here or is this wrong, as my goose bump reaction indicates?
    Please enlighten (or update?) me.
    Thanks,
    A-C

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    Re: Process or Progress a report

    Hello AC, welcome to UsingEnglish!

    To "progress" something is to cause it to move on to its next natural stage; or merely to begin doing whatever will cause it to move on to its next natural stage.

    The exact meaning would depend on the context. If you were progressing an application, for instance, you would be doing whatever you usually did to applications, and then making sure it went on to the next stage in the process.

    (Since its meaning is conveniently vague, it's often used when we want to suggest that we've done more of a task or job than we really have.)

    MrP


    • Join Date: Apr 2006
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    Re: Process or Progress a report

    Thankyou.

    I will pass this info on to my students.

    A-C

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