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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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.

Hello walealimi,

If there is a specific part of one of these sentences that you would to ask us about, please feel free to do so, but other than something very specific such as that I'm afraid we don't provide the service of correcting users' texts.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

in this sentence (James and his superb presenting and negotiating skills was one of the key factors to our success) can we use negotiation instead of negotiating

Hello ahmed mohamed salem,

Grammatically that is perfectly fine, but stylistically I think the pattern should be consistent. I would suggested either of these:

James and his superb presenting and negotiating skills.

James and his superb presentation and negotiation skills.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you. I listened twice to understand the words