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Yeah, hey.
Something has come up and
I can't make the meeting.

Yeah, can we call it off
until next Tuesday?

No, no. Ask her to
just, you know,

just fill out the registration form
and we'll just see her next Tuesday.

Okay. Yeah.
Okay, see you Tuesday.
Yeah. Bye.
Hey, everyone. I'm Alex.
Thanks for clicking, and welcome to this important
English lesson on using English at work.

And today we are going to look at
"10 Phrasal Verbs for the Office".

So, if you have an office job, any type of
office job, these phrasal verbs are very,

very common in any
English-speaking workplace.

So let's start with the first five, we'll
talk about them, we'll look at some examples,

and I'll explain
them for you guys.

So, number one: "to fill out".
Now, "to fill out" basically
means to complete.

And this is usually in
the context of a form.

So: "Did she fill out the
registration form?",

"Oh, if you're interested in working
here, please fill out this application."

So you fill out or
complete a form.

Next: "to run out
(of) something".

Now, I put the "of" in parenthesis because
you can just say: "Oh, it ran out",

or "something ran out
of something else".

So, for example, if something runs out it
means you have used all of it and there is

no more left.
Now, in the office usually this refers to
some kind of supply, some kind of inventory

item that you have no more of
because you ran out of it.

For example: "The printer
ran out of ink."

Or you can say: "Oh no.
We ran out of paper",

or "We ran out of pens. We
need to order more pens."

So if you run out of something it means you
have used all of it and there's no more left,

you need to order more.
Next: "note down".
This is very common in meetings, and
"to note down" simply means to write.

For example: "Did you note down the
main points from the meeting?"

I used to have a boss, and any time I had a
meeting with him, if I came into that meeting

with no paper, with
no pen, he would...

He would not start the meeting.
He said: "Okay, we're going to have a long
meeting for 30 minutes, 60 minutes, you need

to note down the important
points from the conversation.

Alex, go get a pen and a paper."
Good times.
Okay, next: "to back up".
Now, this context is usually
used for files on your computer.

So: "to back up your files", "back up
your information", "back up your data"

means to make an extra copy.
So, for example: "Make sure
to back up your files."

A lot of people use, you know, online storage
spaces to back up important information.

You might have something in your email
address, you might have something like the...

At this point, the cloud or, you know, like
your Google Drive or something like that,

or maybe you have an external hard drive where
you back up your files or a USB stick to back

up your files.
So it just means make an extra copy in case
the original copy gets deleted or erased by

accident, or because of a
virus or something like that.

All right, next: "come up".
So, if something comes up at the office it means
that something has happened or it has arisen.

So, for example: "An urgent
situation has just come up."

So if something comes up it's something
that just happens, surprises you.

So, for example, if one
of your employees...

If you are a boss, for example, and
one of your employees quits...

And you're in a meeting and the employee
comes in and quits, and you say:

"I can't finish this meeting.
Something urgent has come up.

Somebody is quitting." Okay?
So something comes up, happens, arises
without kind of you expecting it to.

Okay, next: "keep up with".
So, "to keep up with something" means to follow
or to keep pace with something in the context

of business, office work.
Let me give you one example.
"Have you been keeping
up with the latest news?

Have you been following
the latest news?"

You can also talk about a business keeping up
with trends, with things that are happening

in their line of business now.
Next: "set up".
So, "to set something up" means to organize
it or to, you know, get it started.

So, for example: "Could you
help me set up the new printer?

Could you help me plug it in and make sure
everything is okay, make sure the software

is on the computer?
And could you help
me set it up?"

It's not only for objects.
You can set up a meeting
or organize a meeting.

You can set up a holiday
party, for example.

Next: "go through".
So, if you go through something, this simply
means you experienced it and usually it's

something difficult that
you had to survive.

So: "He's going through
a difficult time."

Think of you're going through, like you're
experiencing something that is difficult and

Next: "find out".
So, "to find out" means to discover,
or to obtain or get information.

So, for example: "How did you
find out about our company?"

This is a very common question that
you will see on company websites.

It's also something that you
might be asked at an interview.

"How did you find out
about our company?

How did you discover the
information about our company?"

All right?
And finally: "to call off".
"Call off" means to cancel.
Usually this is in the
context of a meeting.

So, for example: "Can we call
off the conference call?"

I just realized I didn't put a question mark
and I didn't close my quotation marks, here.

Just give me a sec, guys.
Preparation is everything.

That's what happens when I have
people calling me all day.

Okay, so "call off".
So you can call off a meeting, you can
call off a conference call, for example.

For example: "Can we call off
(cancel) the conference call?

I'm not ready, or something
important has come up."

All right, so today we looked at 10 very important,
very common phrasal verbs that you can use

at your office, at
your job, at work.

If you want to test your understanding of
these phrasal verbs, as always, you can

check out the quiz
on www.engvid.com.

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I'm thinking about Instagram, but I don't think
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All right, so til next time guys,
thanks for clicking and...

[Telephone rings]
Oh, one second.
Oh, yeah, okay.
No, we can set something
up for next week.

Yeah, no. I don't care
what you're going through.

We'll just set it up. Okay?
Just... Just do it.
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