Business English- Words that can and cannot be shortened

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Level: Intermediate
Grammar Topic: Vocabulary
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Published: 4th May 2008

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Business English Words and Expressions that can and cannot be shortened in English 

 

Part A 

Without looking at Part B, can you think of any other way of saying the things below in English, for 

example shorter and/ or more informal words and expressions? 

 

A part-time job   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A memorandum 

An overhead projector 

an 

office 

building 

 

      

inflation    

 

 

 

 

 

 

correspondence 

 

 

     

cash register   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a dollar     

 

 

 

 

 

 

information 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

direct mail   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV 

advertisements 

      

Labour strike 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

 

Part B 

Match these words and expressions with the ones above 

 

price rises 

ads 

an OHP 

a McJob 

junk mail 

an office block 

strike 

the till 

an office block 

mail 

info 

a memo 

Business English Words and Expressions that can and cannot be shortened in English 

 

Part C 

 

None of these words can be shortened in English  please write them out in full 

 

The woman accused her boss of sexu___ hara___________ 

I bought a seco_____ han____ car from a local car dealer 

Infla_____ has reached a record high of 23% 

Please evacuate the buil_____ at once 

I had to find a part ______ ______ to pay for my studies 

Unless they specifically ask for a handwritten one, it is better to send a type____ letter with your CV. 

He’s a white collar _________ 

Multi task________ saves time but increases confusion! 

Mass pro______________ goods are good for the consumer and bad for the worker who makes them. 

Luckily, every worker is also a consumer. 

 

 

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2008 

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