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  • Hello. My name is Benjamin, and I'm here to teach you on EngVid today some really good

  • vocabulary for asking people to do what you want them to do in a work environment,

  • helping you to be the boss.

  • Okay. So first thing, I want you to imagine, to think, of one thing you want someone you

  • work with to do, okay? What could it be? Think of the person -- you want to do -- okay, yeah.

  • I want them to do that. Yeah. Good. So here are some different uses. We gonna talk

  • through some different kinds of instructions, some different ways of asking people to do

  • something, okay? Good.

  • So first one: "aim at" or "aim to". So we could say, "Bob, I'd like you to aim at

  • producing that presentation by Tuesday morning." Okay? So when we use "by", we introduce a deadline

  • that they have to finish it by. Okay? So "I'd" -- obviously that's short for "I would" -- like

  • you to do this. Okay? Now, in terms of the pronunciation, "I'd like you to aim", so we

  • shorten -- we don't pronounce the O, and it becomes "t' aim at". Okay? So this kind of

  • all goes into one word. "Bob, I'd like you to aim at finishing that presentation by Tuesday morning."

  • Now, Bob asked me what the presentation needs to be. So I say to him, "Aim to have a beginning,

  • a middle, an end with some graphs and some evidence." Okay? "Aim to". "Aim to do

  • this, this, and this." Great.

  • Now, "count on" and "rely on" are ways of checking, of asking if Bob can definitely

  • do this. If he can do this. Okay? So I say to him, "Bob, can I count on you to do that?"

  • He either says yes or no. If he says yes, I know that Bob can do the presentation. I

  • could say it another way. "Can I rely on you to do that?" Okay? Again, the pronunciation

  • -- you don't really need to pronounce the "to". It just goes "t' do that". Right? So

  • rely on, "Can I rely on Bob to do this?" If I rely on Bob to do my presentation, Bob is

  • doing the presentation, and I can do other work. I know Bob will do it. I rely on him.

  • Okay? "Rely on. Count on." Okay, so "count", it's the same word as counting money -- one,

  • two, three, four, five, six, seven pounds. Here, I'm counting on him. Good.

  • To "fit something in". Okay? So "fit". It's a word we use with clothes. Do these clothes

  • fit? Do I fit into them? Do I fit in? Yeah, I fit. They fit me." "Is that something you

  • can fit in? Can you fit this presentation into your day? Can you find time in your day

  • to do the presentation?" "Is that" -- okay, meaning the work, the presentation -- "a thing

  • you can fit in?" Okay? "Is that something you can fit in?"

  • Now, another way of saying this, "Do you think you'll be able to squeeze it in?" So "squeeze",

  • here, that's more informal, okay? So I say, "Do you think you'll" -- so that's obviously

  • short for "you will" be able -- future tense. "You will be able to squeeze it in." And the

  • answer would be, "Yeah. Sure, Benjamin. I can fit it in. No problem." Okay? Are you

  • with me so far?

  • Now, if I have doubts, if I have questions about Bob doing my presentation, I might need

  • to follow up. Okay? It's a good idea to follow up. That means to check. "Bob are you doing

  • the presentation? Bob, how's the presentation going? Bob, any news with the presentation?"

  • These are all ways of following up. Now, we can use "follow up" with a noun. "Bob, we

  • will need to plan a followup." "A" or "the" -- remember: There are articles with the followup,

  • which is our noun. Okay? A "followup", working there as a noun. We can also use it as a verb,

  • okay? I say to Bob, "I will be following up on this." Okay? Future tense with "will".

  • Or another way of saying it, again in the future, "Bob, I am going to follow up on this.

  • I am going to follow up on this." So "follow" -- you might know the verb "follow". If I

  • follow someone, I walk around on them. So if I'm following Bob, I'm making sure he's

  • doing the work. Great.

  • Now, Bob is getting a bit annoyed because I'm asking questions, questions, questions.

  • So he just says to me, "Benjamin, no problem, sir. I can pull this off." Okay? "Pull off."

  • That means "can do". Okay? "Pull off" means "can do". Now, let's have a little picture.

  • This is where we are now. This is where we want to get to. And Bob is going to pull

  • the target off. He's going to do it so easily. He's going to "pull it off". Okay? Now, I'm

  • just going to go and check to see if Bob is doing his work.

  • Okay. So the good news is Bob has done the presentation really well. So I've just got

  • a few more little phrases to throw in there when we need to conclude something. So maybe

  • you've been having a very long conversation, maybe over Skype, kind of a conference call.

  • You could say, "Right. We're going to need to wind things up there. We're going to have

  • to wind things up." Okay? So "wind up". Imagine you're fishing; you're bringing in the line.

  • You're winding in the line. Okay? You're coming to an end. You could say, "We're going to

  • have to finish up." Again, you could say, "We're going to have to finish up there. At

  • this point. Now. We're going to have to finish up there." Okay? Imagine Formula One racing

  • cars. When the cars finish, you wave the flag. "We're going to have to finish up there."

  • And one other way of saying it, "We're going to have to draw to a close." Okay? Close.

  • Open, close, "We're going to draw to a full stop" -- when the shop is shut. Okay?

  • So today, we've done lots of ways of asking people to do things. Why don't you have a

  • go, now, at doing the quiz? It's on www.engvid.com. You're very welcome to subscribe to my YouTube

  • channel. I'd love to share some more things with you. And if you really like my work,

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  • which is Exquisite English. There should be a link below. See you next time. All the best. Bye.

Hello. My name is Benjamin, and I'm here to teach you on EngVid today some really good

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