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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I would like know the difference between "to have" and "to get". For exemple : what is the difference between "Do you get something to do ?" and "Do you have something to do" ?

Hello Delphou,

Both 'have' and 'get' have many uses and meanings, but the ones you are asking about are 'possess' ('have') and 'receive' or 'obtain' ('get'). In 'Do you have something to do?', 'have' means 'possess'. 'Do you get something to do?' is not really incorrect, but sounds awkward. If you want to ask someone if they are going to be given a task of some sort, you could say this, but we usually phrase it differently, e.g. 'Are they giving you something to do?'.

I hope this helps.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I can see no reference to "James becoming the manager of his company" please advise which line this information is in

Hello Scarlett,

Near the end of the text there is the following sentence:

And I have to say that James, as one of our managers, has always acknowledged the work and contribution made by others.

Does that make sense?

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I couldn't play or download the audio online , can you help solve it?

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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.