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

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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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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!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello krik

I cant watch video on broswe(China).plz help me .Thanks.

Hello xiaozhuang,

I'm sorry about that! I'd suggest you try watching the video on our Chinese site, which is optimized for people in China. I think that should work, but if not, you can also find these videos on our YouTube channel.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Nice Article, It is very useful for my project thanks.

Hello.
All videos about business and work are very useful. it's a good if the Learn English team could update other new lessons. I'm waiting for website's update .
Thanks in advance.

Good afternoon!
All video isn't playing on your site. I tried to watch from different browsers (Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Firefox) and devices.
The video was available a few days ago a couple of hours, and than desappeared again.
What's going on? Help me, please.

Good afternoon!
All video isn't playing on your site. I tried to watch from different browsers (Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera, Firefox) and devices.
The video was available a few days ago a couple of hours, and than desappeared again.
What's going on? Help me, please.

Hello Ina,

I'm sorry for the inconvenience! I've just checked the video and it is working now. A s far as I know there have been no other reports of problems with the videos, so perhaps there was a temporary error.

If it happens again, please let us know what browser and browser version you're using when it happens and we'll look into it.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, Kirk.
I can't watch videos in any browser and on my devices too. I see only an inscription "Connection Error" everywhere. What I need to do.
Version of Google Chrome - 60.0.3112.78
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Version of Microsoft Edge - 40.15063.0.0
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