Student or Learner
Would anyone please explain the following in bold in easy English?
1. Question: Suppose your inspection reveals that the project is either unsatisfactory or not up to the standards you feel that individual is capable of attaining. Do you "brag on him" or "fuss at him"? Answer: Neither.
In the above context, does "brag on" mean "make a compliment"?
2. One technique Den used while he was with our company, which I believe you will find extremely helpful, was to keep a running list of the minute, and sometimes seemingly insignificant, successes of the people who fell under his responsibility.
Thank you for the answer.
If "brag on him" is intended to mean "nag at him," isn't it almost the same as "fuss at him?"
Yes [and no] - nagging is more aggressive.
Wait a few hours for an American view. There are a few 'verb on' usages that we don't recognize over here.
I've heard "brag on" but it seems very slangy to me. I thought the use I've heard is someone telling of the achievements of someone else, like a girl going on and on about how wonderful her boyfriend is. Maybe it does mean to simply compliment the person.
Whatever it is, it's not proper in a business setting (nor is nag) which is what this passage seems to be about!