Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) short in size or time
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • brief summary/meeting/discussion
  • Analysis
    Something ‘brief’ is short in size or time. ‘A brief summary’ is a short summary, and a ‘brief speech’ is one which we understand will be over quickly. This adjective can be used in social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I provided a brief summary of the book so people would understand what I was discussing.
    2. There was a brief meeting after school to discuss fundraising ideas for the field trip.
    3. Everyone was sleepy so I made sure the early conference call was brief and I got right to the point.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Good morning, everyone. If you would like to take your seats, I'll begin the presentation with a brief overview. It won't take long.
    2. I sent a brief email outlining the details of the event.
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2) summarize or explain instructions to another
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional LowSocial
    • brief them on the new criteria
  • Analysis
    When you use 'brief' as a verb, it means that you provide a summary or a short description of something. 'Brief' can also be a noun, as you can give someone their 'brief', which is a short overview of their duties or responsibilities. You are more likely to hear the verb and noun of 'brief' in a professional context.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The police had to attend an important briefing on the new kidnapping case.
    2. There is a great brief on TV tonight about the history of the city.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. No need to brief me on the job. I've done this all before.
    2. Please brief the team on the new criteria of the project.
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