COLLOCATIONS WITH THE WORD BUSINESS

Organizer: Teacher Antonio Leão

COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: the activity of making money by producing or buying and selling goods, or providing services VERBS

  • do business – A lot of firms are keen to do business in Japan.
  • conduct business formal (=do business) – It is not a sensible way to conduct business.
  • go into business (=start working in business) – A lot of university graduates want to go into business.
  • set up/start up in business- The bank gave me a loan to help me set up in business.
  • stay in business (=continue operating and not become bankrupt)Even if they manage to stay in business for another year, their long-term survival remains under threat.Some stores are finding it hard to stay in business.
  • go out of business (=stop doing business because of financial problems)In a recession smaller firms often go out of business.

NOUN + BUSINESS

  • the music/entertainment/computer etc businessHe started out working in the computer business.

BUSINESS + NOUN

  • a business deal (=an occasion when you buy or sell something) – Negotiation is the most important part of a business deal
  • business activities – His wife refused to get involved in his business activities.
  • business interests (=business activities, or shares in companies) – Both companies have substantial business interests in Indonesia.
  • the business community (=people who work in business) – There was pressure on the government from the business community.
  • the business world – You need to be flexible in today’s highly competitive business world.
  • business studies (=a course of study about business) – She did business studies at college.COMMON ERRORS
  • ► Don’t say ‘make business’. Say do business.

COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: an organization such as a company, shop, or factory that produces or sells goods or provides a service VERBS

  • have/own a business – Nick owned a software business in Boston.
  • run a business (=manage it) – There’s plenty of advice available on how to run your own business.
  • start/set up a business – When you’re starting a business, you have to work longer hours.
  • take over a business (=buy it or start running it) – When my father retired, I took over the business.
  • build (up)/develop a business-  He spent years trying to build a business in Antigua.
  • establish a business – She overcame many financial difficulties to establish her business.
  • a business succeeds – Making a business succeed is not simple.
  • a business collapses/fails (=stops operating)35% of small businesses fail in the first year of operation.

ADJECTIVES/NOUN + BUSINESS

  • a small business (=that employs only a few people) – Many small businesses have been badly hit by the recession.
  • a medium-sized business – They offer services to small and medium-sized businesses.
  • a software/catering/construction etc business – His girlfriend runs a catering business.
  • a family business (=owned and controlled by one family) – For many years the hotel was a family business.
  • an import/export business – Kingwell had an export business in New Zealand.
  • a successful/profitable/thriving business – Within a few years she had established a thriving business in London.
  • a viable business (=one that is likely to be successful) – It soon became clear that the restaurant was not a viable business.

BUSINESS + NOUN

  • a business partner (=someone who shares a business with you)Margie was his wife and also his business partner.
  • a business manager – We need to take on a business manager to deal with some of the admin.
  • a business customer/client – We’re providing our business customers with reliable, proven Internet technology.

Source:

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English for advanced learners 6th edition. England, UK: Pearson Education Limited, 2014.

Publicado por sbecommunication

Antonio Leão se apaixonou pela língua inglesa na adolescência por causa da sua paixão polo rock and roll. Desde então tem aprimorado seus conhecimentos continuamente. EM 2008 obteve o certificado de Inglês no ACBEU. Para prosseguir seus estudos passou no vestibular da UFBA em 2009, formando-se Bacharel em Língua Estrangeira Moderna (Inglês) em 2013. Em 2021 concluiu a Pós-Graduação em Ensino da Língua Inglesa (Faculdade Descomplica). Desde que ingressou na UFBA, começou a dar aulas particulares e a ministrar aulas em cursos de inglês (Cultura Inglesa e Talktalk) e escolas do ensino fundamental (Escola Tempo de Aprender, Colégio Espaço Ideal Master). Atualmente, é professor do Ensino Fundamental I e II do Centro Educacional Império do Saber, além de ministrar aulas particular e atuar como tradutor.

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