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    Question Business as usual

    What does this expression mean? Is there only one definition for it ? can it be understood differently depending on the context?

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    Re: Business as usual

    Quote Originally Posted by dinha View Post
    What does this expression mean? Is there only one definition for it ? can it be understood differently depending on the context?

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    "Business as usual" means nothing has changed. It should be understood in any context.

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    Re: Business as usual

    You will sometimes see a sign outside a shop saying 'business as usual' perhaps when the window has been broken or a road has been dug up. It means we are still operating as before.

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    Re: Business as usual

    Quote Originally Posted by curmudgeon View Post
    You will sometimes see a sign outside a shop saying 'business as usual' perhaps when the window has been broken or a road has been dug up. It means we are still operating as before.
    In the US, that would be "We are open".


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    Question Re: Business as usual

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In the US, that would be "We are open".
    Thank you very much again for your help. The original sentence where business as usual was used is: Hope all is well is well with you.Here, it is business as usual. The semester is grinding toward completion. We have three weeks of classes left and two weeks for thanksgiving.

    Can business as usual be understood as the speaker has been busy with work? Or business as usual van be understood as nothing has changed?

    Thanks again!!

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    Re: Business as usual

    Quote Originally Posted by dinha View Post
    Thank you very much again for your help. The original sentence where business as usual was used is: Hope all is well is well with you.Here, it is business as usual. The semester is grinding toward completion. We have three weeks of classes left and two weeks for thanksgiving.

    Can business as usual be understood as the speaker has been busy with work? Or business as usual van be understood as nothing has changed?

    Thanks again!!
    Here it means that everything is carrying on as normal

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    Re: Business as usual

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In the US, that would be "We are open".
    During the Blitz (bombing of London during the Second World War) a shop that had had half its frontage demolished - where most such shops had signs that said 'Business as usual' - had a sign that said 'Open - rather more than usual'.

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