While it’s true that you can use (almost!) any phrasal verb in an office environment, here are 10 that I think are especially interesting AND easy to use!
Each phrasal verb is followed by the Spanish translation and some examples. At the end of this page, you’ll find a link to a quiz where you can put your new phrasal verbs to the test!! Good luck 🙂
1) STAND OUT (destacar)
- We intereviewed lots of candidates, but one girl really stood out.
- How can we make this product stand out on the shelves?
- I think I really stood out at the meeting – I was the only one under 50!
2) GO OVER (revisar/analisar o salirse del presupuesto)
- I’ll need to go over my emails to find the information.
- Can we start this meeting by going over any problems you had?
- We went over budget by more than €1 million.
3) CUT (SOMEONE) OFF (interrumpir)
- I’m sorry to cut you off, but we have to finish this meeting now!
- I tried to give my opinion but I was continously cut off by my colleagues.
4) LOOK INTO (investigar)
- Have you heard the rumours? – Yes, we’re looking into them.
- We looked into John’s idea, but it’s going to be too expensive.
5) BUMP INTO (SOMEONE) (encontrar por casualidad)
- I bumped into John in the cantine today. He said it’s his last day.
- It was really nice bumping into you today!
AN ALTERNATIVE WITH THE SAME MEANING: RUN INTO
6) SPEAK UP (hablar mas alto o dar su opinion)
- Sorry, could you speak up? I’m having trouble hearing you.
- If you have something to say, speak up – we’d like to hear it!
7) BURN OUT (agotarse)
- At this rate, I’m going to burn out at age 30!
- If you burn out now, you’ll never survive to get a promotion.
This word is also used as a noun: burnout
8) WARM UP (TO SOMEONE/SOMETHING) (empezar a apreciar o cambiar de idea sobre algo/alguien)
- I didn’t like my boss at first but I’m warming up to him.
- I’ve warmed up to the idea. I think it has potential.
9) PULL (SOMETHING) OFF (conseguir algo muy difícil/sacar adelante)
- I don’t know how he pulled off the campaign in so little time – amazing!
- I can’t believe it, but thanks to all our hard work, we pulled it off!
10) TURN OUT (terminar/resultar)
- We were all worried about the result but it turned out really well!
- Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!
What’s your favourite phrasal verb?