ARSENIO’S ESL PODCAST | SEASON 5 EPISODE 153 | VOCABULARY DEVELOPMENT | Academic Phrases

We’re back with academic phrases today! This is going to be real good for you guys in terms of phrase-building, academic texts, etc.

  • Nominal phrases, e.g., a sense of urgency, a fast-moving market
  • Verb phrases, e.g., drive through the changes, become apparent
  • Adjective phrases, e.g., blatantly obvious, aware of the need for change.
  • Adverbial phrases, e.g., behind the times, as a way of

Note that in some less formal content, phrases may have an idiomatic meaning, e.g., follow suit, go hand in hand, find your feet.

Complete each question with a phrase from Exercise 1. Change the form if necessary.

  1. Two-way communication can be _____________ when it comes to empowering staff.
  2. Flexibility and adaptability can give one company a ____________ over another.
  3. Adopting a change in strategy can be a long, _______________ for any company.
  4. When market changes occur, a company must swiftly agree on an appropriate _____________.
  5. It is imperative that staff ____________ be consulted prior to any drastic change in strategy.
  6. Transforming a company’s culture may come ____________ some staff who choose to resign.
  7. Any contentious issues with regards to a strategy will ____________ during staff meetings.
  8. Even just the notion of change can ____________ to feelings of panic among staff.

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