Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) the ability or time to deal with a complicated situation, the amount of information that can be sent over a network connection
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    • I don't have the bandwidth to deal with an issue that big
  • Analysis

    ’Bandwith’ refers to the maximum data transfer rate on an internet connection. In modern social contexts, this is a relatively new way of describing your situation that is derived from its technical meaning. In the same way that your internet connection might not provide the bandwidth to complete a certain task or run a program, people have started saying that they don't have the bandwidth to deal with certain situations - except they are talking about their own state of mind or their busy schedules. This new meaning of 'bandwidth' is more likely to be heard in an IT context.

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. A good internet connection has enough bandwidth to allow you to surf the net, stream a movie, and download music all at the same time.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I'm only new to the company, so I don't have the bandwidth to try and deal with a problem of that scale.
    2. The IT department increased the office's bandwidth after employees complained that they were unable to upload information quickly.
    3. Ask Alice if she has the bandwidth to help you with that task. I am too busy. 
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