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

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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



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Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


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hi. sorry but i didn't undrstand the last 3 expressions. what are for?

Hello khammal92,

I assume you mean these expressions:


give someone the axe
give someone their cards
give someone the boot


As the page says, these are 'less formal, but more colourful ways of saying the same thing' - i.e. a person being dismissed from their job.


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Many thanks

I thought that The expression:
"that’s your last chance", meant that you have another occasion.... instead in the video, means that you don' t have it.
What Am I doing wrong?

Hello bannino,

You're right: normally 'That's your last chance' means that you have one more opportunity, but no more. Here I think Philip meant to say 'That was your last chance', which means that the more recent failure was the last chance.

I'm afraid that I'm unable to change the video to correct this, but please rest assured that your understanding is correct. Sorry for the confusion!

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