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

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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


Hi Anwr,

The sentence should not have 'should to':

I told you to improve.


I told you that you should improve.


This would mean that the person has to get better - in other words, they have to improve themselves (their performance, their work etc).

If you want the person to make something better then you would have an object:

I told you to improve it.

I think this is probably the sentence you are looking for, but it is hard to be sure without knowing exactly what you are trying to say and in what context.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

thanks for explanation

Thanks was useful informations

I have a question.. according to my informations that we cannot use( it ) for people
we can say it is a desk
so why Philip said when he called Marcia : Hi Marcia .It,s Philip here
Why he didn,t say : Hi Marcia. I am Philip.

Hi Khaled v,

Generally you are correct that we do not use 'it' to refer to people. However, there are some exceptions to this rule and introducing yourself on the telephone is one of these. You can read more about this on this page.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

In Japan, it is impossible even for CEO to fire anybody only because he made a mistake. In Japan, once he/she is hired, he/she is able to work for the company until retired age, usually 60 years old. The only reason for a company to fire an employee is when he/she committed a crime.

It seems so cool there!

Oh my god ..I am sad for the poor Brian and I wish that his Manager gave him a last choice to support the company and to correct his mistake .
I watched the Video just only for one time . It didnt work again!

Hello Khaled v,

Are you able to see the video now? I haven't been able to find any problems with it. If you still can't see it, please let us know what browser and browser version you are using.

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The LearnEnglish Team