2009年8月21日 格林尼治标准时间15:03北京时间23:03

Take Stock, Size Up and Scrutinise 三个有用的词组

I have a question about three words. The first word is take stock, the second is size up, the third is scrutinise. I don’t know the words’ difference. So would you like to tell me about these words?

Albert

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This week Li and William answer a question from our listener Albert about three words, all of which are very useful in business:

Take stock

Size up

Scrutinise

Can you guess which of these three phrases is the most formal? The answer is in the programme.

1. Take Stock

We use take stock when we want to review a situation or look back at a process.

A year after the company introduced the helpline, they did a review to take stock of their customer service.

“It’s been an interesting morning. Shall we chat over lunch to try and take stock?”

2. Size Up

We use this phrase to describe getting a general idea of something or somebody we don’t know.

“I only joined last week. I’m still sizing up my new team.”

“It’s a huge project. It’s taken me two weeks just to size it up”.

A magnifying glass

When you scrutinise something, you look at it closley

3. Scrutinise

If we scrutinise (or scrutinize in the US) something, we examine it very carefully.

“Get the lawyers to scrutinise that contract as closely as possible.”

A special committee scrutinised the activities of the organisation.

Listen to the programme for more examples of these words in use.

Don’t forget, if you have a question about English, email it to questions.chinaelt@bbc.co.uk. We may answer it in this programme.

Glossary 词汇

formal 正式的

review a situation 评估或判断一个形势

look back at a process 回过头去看一件事情的过程

helpline 热线服务电话

examine 检查,察看

contract 合同


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