notes: phrasal verb list R-S
He's decided to resign from his
job? Well, I hadn't reckoned on that happening.
I think we can probably reckon on a
minimum of 25 people coming to the training course.
ring (someone) back
to phone again
He'll be in the office after 3
o'clock, if you'd like to ring back then.
Sorry, I've got a meeting now. I'll ring you back as
soon as it's finished.
to end a phone call
I was speaking to him earlier,
but his boss called him into the office so he rang
off without telling me the news.
I'll have to ring off now because the meeting's
about to start. See you later.
rule something/someone out
So who gets the manager's job
when he leaves? Well, both of us can
be ruled out because we've only been
working here six months.
If we lower the prices of our products, we can't rule
out the possibility that our competitors
will do exactly the same.
run out (of
to have no more
I can't print any more copies.
The ink's run out.
I can't print any more copies. The printer's run out of
run through something
to check by repeating
I want to run
through the presentation just
once more to make sure I've got it right.
Let's run through the
names again and see if we can think of anyone else.
rush into something
to decide too quickly
I'm not going to rush
into anything now. Leave me
the details and I'll look at them when I have a bit more time.
Let's not rush into a
decision on this. Think about it over the weekend, and we'll meet
back here at 10 o'clock on Monday morning.
scale something down
to reduce in size
We're going to have to scale
down the plans for expansion until
there's an upturn in the economy.
Your projected costs will have
to be scaled down. Remember, there
are other departments that want money for new equipment too!
see to something
to deal with
to the arrangements for next
week's meeting if you deal with the work outstanding for today.
The photocopier needs seeing
to. It hasn't been working properly for at least a week.
set someone back something
I know that this building isn't
big enough for us now, but a new building will set the
company back millions of pounds.
The new equipment we bought for the R&D Department set us back over £500,000.
to leave on a journey
I had to book you on the early
flight because the usual one was full. You'll need to set
off really early.
If we set off from here at around eleven, we
should be there in plenty of time for the meeting.
set something up
to install equipment
The company was set
up by the current director in 1987.
We can set up a committee to
look at the possibility of changing the company's pension scheme.
Set up the screen
and the camera in front of the table so we can see them and they'll
be able to see us.
to increase rapidly
The number of accidents in the
factory has shot up recently. We'll
have to check our safety measures because something's clearly going
The price of raw materials is shooting up, and
soon we'll have to think about passing the cost on to the consumer.
to be slowly understood
How long is it going to take to sink
in? The company's in trouble and something needs to be done
about it now!
The news of the company cutbacks may take a while to sink
in, but you should prepare yourself to deal with lots of queries from
sort something out
to solve a problem
I'll speak to you as soon as I've sorted
out this problem with the Inland
We're still having problems with the internet connections. I thought you
were going to sort it out.
to speak more loudly
I'm sorry, this is a very bad line.
Can you speak up?
You'll have to speak up or the people at the
back won't be able to hear.
stand for something
This company has always stood
for quality and reliability,
and that's not going to change.
The letters R&D stand for Research
stand in (for
to take someone's place
I'm sorry, I can't help you. I'm
just standing in (for
her) until she comes back to work tomorrow. Could you ring
The personnel manager's just phoned in sick, so we need to find someone to stand
in for him on the training course.
step something up
If we get any more orders we'll
need to step up production.
The speed with which we deal with complaints needs
to be stepped up.
sum (something) up
to summarise the main points
So, to sum
up, the main points to remember are that we need to find
new markets, invest in new technology....
If I had to sum it up in
one word, I would say that the image of this company is reliability.
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Phrasal verbs A-B: account for --> brush
Phrasal verbs C: call for --> cut
Phrasal verbs D-F: deal with --> fit
Phrasal verbs G: get across --> go
Phrasal verbs H-L: hand out --> look
Phrasal verbs M-P: make out --> put
Phrasal verbs T-Z: take down --> work
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