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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It's the very first time to me to join such episodes. Excellent for me and others i believe. Thank you.

It's the very first time to me to join such episodes. Excellent for me and others i believe. Thank you.

I cant dowload the video, Can you help?

HI thudungnguyen

I'm sorry but the video is not yet available to download.

At the moment you need to watch it in the player. This requires a good internet connection.

We will soon make the video available for download - hopefully from September onwards.

Kevan Cummins
The LearnEnglish Team

that is very good strive for interview episode keep it up

Hi,
 In the "You're Hired" home page, i feel that there is a mistake in the sentence
"WebWare, a successful IT company, are suddenly in need of a new Sales Director. Follow Philip Hart and Marcia Boardman as they take us through the process of recruiting a new team member".

Hi Anishjp

Collective nouns represent groups of people e.g. the government, the team, the company. These nouns are singular and we say a new government or a successful company.

Some people say that these nouns should be followed by singular verb forms.

  • My team is in the lead.
  • The government wants to ban smoking in public places.

However, you will often find that in British English many people use plural verb forms and pronouns.

  • My team are in the lead.
  • The government want to ban smoking in public places.

So in the example from the text in British English you can say both:

  • WebWare, a successful IT company, is suddenly in need of a new Sales Director.
  • WebWare, a successful IT company, are suddenly in need of a new Sales Director.

People often use the singular verb form if they are thinking of the group as an impersonal unit and the plural if they are thinking of the individuals who make up the group doing things.

  • The army is responsible for the safety of the people.
  • The football team are practising in the gym and they're using most of the equipment.

Hope this helps.

Kevan Cummins
The LearnEnglish Team

Thanks for the tip Kevan

Thanks Kevan it's very clear now.

Thanks, I hope that I will be able to enhance my language skills afeter these lessions. I need to spek with more accuracy and with more self-confident.

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