Listen to this speech given at a party being held for the retirement of an employee, James Dawson. The managing director of the company delivers a speech outlining James's achievements.

Professionals Podcasts - Achievement


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james thanks for your huge efforts you did i really surprised how you have the doozy work you did finally it engrossed me to listen for your biography i will be expecting to benefited more

Hello. Help me please with this phrase: "He started as an administration officer in 1972 in our accounts department. and worked his way up the career ladder over the years". "
Can we use "walked his way up the career ladder" here rather then the current version?

Hello maksymteslia,

The phrase 'work your way up the ladder' is a fixed expression and changing the verb would make it sound very unnatural.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Team.
Help me with this please.
The video with time code 2:44 - 2:50
" the hard work and dedication of all our wokers has made our company the success it is today "
1. I don't understand exactly the meaning and sentence pattern of the sentence "our company the success it is today".
- our company = Noun
- the success = Noun
- it = Noun
Common pattern that I usually see in a sentence :
- Adj + Noun
- Adv + Adj + Noun
But why is the sentence pattern above (Noun + Noun + Noun) ?
2. Just for comparison :
- has made our company the success it is today
- has made our company successful today
Do they have different meanings?
Whould you like to explain, please?
Thank you in advance.

Hello Nizam Balinese,

The construction here requires 'make':

make something (into) something


The great music made the party a success.

Her boss made her a partner in the company.


The third part of the sentence is simply a relative clause with the relative pronoun omitted:

...has made our company the success (which) it is today


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Should I use "were" in the sentence "James and his superb presenting and negotiating skills "was" one of the key factors to our success."? I think they are more than 1 thing to be mentioned. Firstly we are talking about "James" himself and secondly we are talking his presenting AND negotiating skillS. So I think It should be were rather than was. Please give me some advice.

Hello Alice RWL,

I would agree with you here. 'Were' would be a better choice than 'was' for the reasons you give. I think probably the speaker was thinking of the sentence as 'James was one of...' and added the extra information without changing the grammar of the sentence.

Sometimes when a person is speaking they make mistakes and slips such as this. Well spotted!


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

hard working in any activities would bring good results.

I really loved listening to this audio. I hope I will learn a lot. I have written some new vocabulary words in my diary and I will be repeating it. I heard and read the task three together to pronounce in a better way.
I am learning. I am happy:)))))

I am sure I will be better with these classes. I could understand that James was been celebrated for his hardwork and achievements. He had his job secured when some staff were retrenched. Also, he does appreciate other workers like.
Thank you, The Team.
Kindly help me to correct my comments grammatically.