Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

build on

build on
1) expand upon an existing level of success or achievement
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • build on a relationship/success/opportunity
  • Analysis
    When you ‘build on’ something you add to something that has already begun or is established; usually, something that is already successful or that has been achieved. You could ‘build on a relationship’ with your co-workers, or ‘build on an opportunity’. This is a common phrase used in social and business situations, but you are more likely to hear it used in a professional or formal context.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Sarah felt that taking a year out to travel the world with her boyfriend would be a great way of building on their relationship, but he made it plain that he was not ready to make such a commitment. 
    2. I'm taking an extra class to build on last years Spanish module. 
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. I feel that it's important we take this opportunity to build on our recent success by investing the profits made from the last deal straight back into the business. In the long term, that is the smart move to make.
    2. Can we build on the success of this product line by expanding it in any way?
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Peter is a strong believer that lasting success in business is built on trust. That's why he has always conducted himself with integrity and tried his best to foster good relations with his clients.
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