Business English- Present Simple & Continuous guessing game

Level: Beginner

Topic: Profession, work or study

Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses

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Business English Present simple/ continuous verb guessing game

1. Ask and answer questions about last week, including the weekend

2. Ask and answer questions about this week

3. Ask and answer questions about things now/ at the moment

4. Ask and answer questions about routines, habits etc.

What are the different tenses you used in the questions above?

Choose one of the actions below and tell your partner if you are doing it now, how often and where 
you usually do it etc. until they guess which one you are talking about:

Feel knackered (= very tired)

Feel nervous

Feel confused

Feel stressed

Feel sleepy

Feel dissatisfied

Feel cold

Feel hot

Feel relaxed

Feel hungover

Look forward to something

Dread something

Have fun/ enjoy myself

Learn something new

Do something relevant to my training
Practice something I am rusty in

Speak to potential customers

Network
Speak to people

Speak to new people

Sit on a swivel chair

Sit on a plastic chair

Work hard
Speak a foreign language

Think about work

Breathe

Speak about work

Leave my mobile phone on

Meet new people

Have my mobile phone on vibrate

Carry a diary

Carry business cards

Carry a dictionary

Carry more than 50 pounds in cash 

Think creatively

Have an automatic pencil in my pocket 

Wear jewellery

Wear a tie

Wear a suit

Wear brand goods
Have many unread emails waiting for me

Delay something I have to do

Run late

Oversleep

Worry about something at work
Have problems with my boss

Have unfinished work

Try to meet someone
Wear a vest (= undershirt)

Wear a waistcoat (= vest)

Stay sitting for over an hour

Carry more than one mobile

Have your answer phone on

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009

Use the phrases below to talk about your company and its employees more generally, using time 
phrases like “at the moment”, “usually”, “nowadays”, “this year”, “every summer”, “recently”, 
“in the past”  etc. Try to find things that your company and your partner’s company have in 
common. If you aren’t in work at the moment, talk about a relation or friend’s company, a previous 
company, any other company you know about, or a university or school as if it was a business.

Adjectives
Feel positive/ optimistic

Feel negative/ pessimistic

Feel enthusiastic

Nouns
Overtime
Branches/ regional offices/ showrooms
Layers of management
Departments/ sections/ teams

Verbs
Fall/ dip/ dive/ decrease/ decline/ reduce- Rise/ increase/ climb
Reach a peak/ flatten out- Bottom out
Cut- Raise

Go upmarket- Go downmarket

Grow/ expand- Shrink

Diversify

Invest

Develop

Launch

Focus on/ concentrate on

Recruit- Lay off/ make redundant/ downsize 

Work with

Advertise

Stretch

Supply

Outsource

Improve

Reorganize

Import- Export

Train/ Retrain

Manufacture

Distribute

Open- Close

Delay- 

Bring forward

Sell- Buy/ purchase

Renew

Refurbish

Continue- Discontinue/ cancel

Use similar sentences to give a mini-presentation about your company, divided into 3 parts:

1. What we do
2. Some details about our history
3. What is happening now

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2009