Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) a group of people brought together to give advice and opinions, a group of experts working together on a problem
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    • a government think-tank was formed to deal with immigration
  • Analysis

    A 'think tank' is an institution, company or organisation who study or monitor a particular subject or area of expertise in order to provide information, solutions or advice. This is a noun used to describe a collection of people who are very knowledgeable about a particular subject and organise themselves around this. In a think-tank, you are paid to research your area of expertise full time in order to contribute to society. You are more likely to hear this used in professional contexts.

  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. A think-tank of biologists and marine experts was formed to come up with some strategies to combat sea pollution.
    2. A European think-tank on obesity has suggested more parks and outdoor gyms will help solve the problem.
    3. A Middle Eastern think-thank will examine security in the area.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. There are over 1,984 think-tanks in the US.
    2. Human Rights Watch is a think-tank that publishes reports on violations of international human rights.
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