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  • Hi there, and welcome back to engVid.

  • Today we are going to be looking at eight highly useful words and phrases

  • that you could use in the world of business English, for negotiations,

  • etc. but we're going to be applying them to a real-life situation. You may want to watch,

  • after this video, my video about asking for someone's permission to do something.

  • Today we're looking at phrases once we've got someone's permission and they are watching us to make

  • sure that we are doing things properly.

  • Okay, so: Have you watched the film Meet the Parents?

  • It stars Robert DeNiro, and it's

  • about a highly controlling father-in-law who works for the CIA, and he is out to get the

  • future son-in-law, and makes sure that he is exactly how the father-in-law, Robert DeNiro, wants him to be.

  • So these are all words and phrases that Robert DeNiro's character might

  • say to the young man who wants to marry his daughter.

  • So, DeNiro might say: "I will be keeping a close check on you." Okay? "A close check",

  • there used as a... As a noun. Or he might say, as a verb:

  • "I will be checking that your financial statements are in order. I will be checking".

  • On to "control", he's a controlling character. Now, a couple of ways you can use "control".

  • "To have control over someone", so he might say:

  • "Remember, I will always be controlling you" or "I will always have control over you."

  • As a noun: "to show some control". So as some advice, he might say:

  • "Now, you must show some control in terms of the way you converse around the dinner table."

  • "Monitor", again, this means sort of "to watch".

  • "I will be monitoring you. I will be watching you. I have my eyes out on you".

  • "I want..." Or if it's the other way around and he wants

  • the future son-in-law to do something:

  • "I want you to monitor. I want you to look at, I want you to monitor your spending habits."

  • Next phrase: "to keep an eye on". "I've got my eye on you. I will be keeping my eye out on you."

  • That means I am watching all the time.

  • Again, we're looking at words and verbs to do with sight. "Oversee", so over, on top of,

  • looking down, so we are looking down... "I will be overseeing... I will be looking to make sure that you are in the right."

  • Don't know if you know any Latin, but "video" means

  • "I watch" in Latin, so again, this is to do with the idea of sight. Super, over, I will

  • be looking over. I will be making sure that everything is just right. So we have the verb:

  • "to supervise", and we have the noun: "supervision", to make sure that there is proper supervision

  • in place. Supervision, looking down, making sure all is well.

  • "To ascertain", now, if I remove the prefix you'll see the word "certain". "Ascertain"

  • simply means to make certain of. Okay? So, to ascertain whether you are the right customer

  • for me, to ascertain whether you can actually be a good husband or not.

  • And lastly: "to keep a tab on". Now, this is a phrase you would find more in British

  • English rather than American English: "to keep a tab on". "Tab" has associations with

  • a pub. You would go into a pub and they would say to you: "Would you like to start a tab?"

  • "A tab" means kind of a running list of what you have spent in that place.

  • "To keep a tab on", so the idea here is that Robert DeNiro's character is writing down every single thing

  • that Ben Stiller's character does wrong, keeping a tab on, keeping a running list, a document.

  • So, hopefully you have learnt eight new phrases that you can use either in the world of work,

  • or to impress your friends with your fantastic English.

  • Maybe you'd like to do the quiz now just to make sure that you've got these words in the exact correct usage.

  • That would be great if you did give it a go. Until next time, see you soon.

Hi there, and welcome back to engVid.

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