Philip, CEO of IT company WebWare, can't believe what sales director Brian is telling him!

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Task 1

Choose the correct answers to the questions.  


Task 2

Business notes

In this episode WebWare’s CEO Philip Hart sacks his Sales Director for underperforming. Philip uses 2 expressions to do this. The first is I’m going to have to let you go which is quite a gentle way of expressing the fact. The second is You’re fired, which is a little more direct.

There are even more ways to express this in English. Dismiss and discharge are both quite formal:

He was dismissed for turning up late on a regular basis.

The director was discharged of his duties.

Other less formal, but more colourful ways of saying the same thing are:

give someone the axe

give someone their cards

give someone the boot



Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


i'm really excited ...

Very interesting way to pratice our English

Very Good

( give someone their cards )
"Someone" is singular. why you used it here as plural?

Hello Hakeem,

The third person plural ('their', 'they', 'them', etc.) is often used when we don't know the gender of the person we're speaking about. That seems to be why 'their' is used here. It's also possible to use 'his' or 'her', but 'their' is much more common nowadays.

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The LearnEnglish Team

very interesting video thank you so much


why can't I download the video??

Hello petro,

I'm afraid the videos on LearnEnglish are not available for download for technical and legal reasons. You can download the audio to any audio-only series (such as Big City Small World and Elementary Podcasts) but the videos can only be watched online.


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The LearnEnglish Team

Very interesting material anyway. Great job!!