Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

on the (right/wrong) track

on the right trackon the wrong track
Meaning(s)
1) acting or progressing in a way that will likely lead to success/failure
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional MediumSocial
    • be back on the right track
  • Analysis
    A track is a line of fixed rails that the wheels of a train follow. So, the right track will lead you to your chosen destination, the wrong track will lead you somewhere you don't want to go. This expression refers to following the right or wrong direction towards a chosen goal or desired outcome, which is why it is more commonly used in a professional environment. A similar phrase is 'go about something in the right/wrong way,' or to 'be on the right/wrong path.'
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Peter is convinced that what he's doing is correct, but I can't help feeling that he's on the wrong track.
    2. I'm doing really well on my course I feel like I'm on the right track to a successful career.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Do you mind reviewing my work so far? I just want to make sure that I'm on the right track.
    2. We've had our setbacks with the new product, but our latest trial run has convinced me that we're back on the right track.
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