Top 5 mistakes in business English/商用英文5項常見錯誤

Top 5 mistakes in business English/商用英文5項常見錯誤

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Top 5 mistakes in business English/商用英文5項常見錯誤 (中英對照 精華文章)


在競爭激烈的商界裡,你需要佔據每一個可能的優勢。然後標準的英文會將你帶至競爭的前頭。你覺得很難達成嗎?一點也不會!看一看我們列出你的競爭者犯的商務英文錯誤然後迅速跟進:
Personal vs. Personnel
請特別注意單字拼法及重音!"Personnel" 是名詞指的是公司的員工。例如"Our company has the best personnel in the industry." 重音在字尾。"Personal" 是形容詞是指私人的或是個人的。 "I'm requesting a day of annual leave for personal reasons." 重音字首。如果你不小心,你會說成一個"personal meeting" 而不是一個"personnel meeting."

Executive

一位"executive"是指公司的某個管理人員。如果你正向訪客或是顧客介紹你公司的頂尖executives,小心你的發音!如果重音在"u",那麼
"executive"剎那間聽起來像是"execute"-殺或置人於死。 Present? Presentate? Presentation?

當你在做presentation的時候你需要present你的資料Present是動詞指的是介紹某樣東西或引起某人對某物的關注。一個presentation 是一種常用在商業上用來介紹新資訊的固定形式。很多人-即使一些說英文的外籍人士-認為"presentate" 是"presentation." 的一種動詞形式。不要再犯同樣的錯誤! "I look forward to hearing from you."

這個片語通常使用在商業書信的結尾。但是英文學習者經常會寫,"I look forward to hear from you."這並不正確而且讓以英文為母語的外籍人士聽起來覺得很滑稽。這個動詞"hear"必須要加上"ing"在這片語上。 Headquarters and Information

有很多英文學習者會去掉"headquarters"的"s"然後把"information"加上"s"這兩個字都不正確。Headquarters是單數名詞指的是一家公司的總部:
"I'm going to headquarters this weekend to meet with the CEO."總部這個字是很弔軌的因為它的字尾是"s"。看起來像複數名詞!但是去掉"s"將headquarters變成動詞"to headquarter."

另一方面,很多學習者會在資訊這個字的字尾加上"s"。大部分的人推斷如果他們需要很多資訊,他們就會改為複數,例如,"I need informations on overseas study programs."但是資訊是不可數名詞(資訊這個字是沒有複數形式的)。你所能說的就是"I need some information."


In the competitive world of business, you need every advantage you can get. And flawless English can put you way ahead of the competition. You think it's too hard to achieve? Not at all! Check out our list of business English mistakes your competitors make and get the edge immediately:
Personal vs. Personnel Pay close attention to the spelling and stress on these! "Personnel" is a noun meaning a company's staff. E.g. "Our company has the best personnel in the industry." The stress is placed at the end of the word. "Personal" is an adjective meaning private or individual. "I'm requesting a day of annual leave for personal reasons." The stress is placed at the beginning. If you're not careful, you could call for a "personal meeting" rather than a "personnel meeting."
Executive An "executive" is someone in company management. If you're introducing your company's top executives to visitors or customers, watch your pronunciation! If you place the stress over the "u", then "executive" suddenly sounds more like "execute" - to kill or put to death. Present? Presentate? Presentation? You present information when you give a presentation. Present is a verb meaning to introduce something or bring something to someone's attention. A presentation is a format often used in business to introduce new information. Many people - even some native English speakers - think "presentate" is the verb form of "presentation." Don't make the same mistake! "I look forward to hearing from you." This phrase is commonly used to end business letters. But English learners frequently write, "I look forward to hear from you." This isn't correct and sounds funny to native English speakers. The verb "hear" always has to have the "ing" in this phrase. Headquarters and Information Many English learners leave the "s" off "headquarters" and add an "s" to "information." Both are wrong. Headquarters is a singular noun and means a company's main office: "I'm going to headquarters this weekend to meet with the CEO." Headquarters is tricky because it ends with an "s." It seems like a plural noun! But leaving the "s" turns headquarters into a verb, "to headquarter."



On the other hand, many learners add an "s" to information. Most people reason that if they need a lot of information, they need to make it plural, e.g., "I need informations on overseas study programs." But information is an uncountable noun (it doesn't have a plural form). All you have to say is, "I need some information."



Source: http://www.englishtown.com.tw/sp/teache ... e=117-5mis


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