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!