Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) providing backup or additional help and support
How to MemorizePopularity LowProfessional LowSocial
an auxiliary plan/engine/worker
Something or someone that is auxiliary to something else is there in addition to another thing. Auxiliary services are services that exist to support a main system or service, for example. This word can be used as an adjective or a noun in professional and social contexts.
Social Examples (Advance)
Jack likes to put safety first. Whenever he takes his boat out fishing, he always makes sure he has a well maintained auxiliary engine on board in case anything happens to the main one.
Professional Examples (Basic)
The company had an auxiliary plan in place in case their main media strategy for launching their new product did not have the desired effect.
Professional Examples (Advance)
The extra staff that were brought in to help the hospital reduce patient waiting times were not fully qualified nurses. Instead they were semi-skilled auxiliaries, whose job it was to assist nurses with their work.
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