Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)
Here we look at many common expressions and vocabulary you might find in the Information Technology sector.
In everyday life, we
“I would have had the project
“The systems have been offline since Monday. We’ve lost thousands of euros the past two days and
The noun ‘monitor’ refers to a computer monitor, which is an output device that displays information in pictorial form. A monitor usually comprises the visual display, circuitry, casing, and power supply. Originally, computer monitors were used for data processing, while television sets were used for entertainment.
'Monitor' can also be used as a verb to observe and check the progress or quality
“Can everybody please keep an eye on your monitor throughout the day? We’ve discovered a virus in the system which spreads through an error message appearing on your screen. Please don’t click it. Just raise the issue if you come across it.”
“I need to monitor this situation closely. If we can contain it, then we can dissolve it. Let’s not take any chance of this virus getting into our hard drives and corrupting everything. Let’s take extra precautions.”
When someone says “In layman’s terms…”, they usually follow on from what they were saying by explaining it in simple language anyone can understand. So, when you use this
“The technology is complex and hard to explain, so I’ll put it in layman's terms
“Our new line manager is articulate. We’re learning so much from him. I really admire how he carries himself in meetings and explains things in layman’s terms so that everybody understands what’s expected of them.”
When someone calls it a day, they decide or agree to stop doing something for the day, or to give something up either temporarily or completely. We commonly use this idiom when someone gets tired of working on something and needs a break, or when someone indefinitely finishes working for a company or working on a contract.
“After staying loyal to the company throughout a career spanning over four decades, CEO Mr. Logica finally called it a day. He thanked everyone
“I think we’ll call it a day on the project for this evening. Make sure you’re ready to go at it bright and early tomorrow morning. We’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
When someone uses the word ‘ballpark’, they mean an area or range within which an amount or estimate is likely to be correct. This is commonly heard in the workplace, especially in IT and Finance.
“I need those upgrades ready and working through the system by tonight. Can you give me a ballpark time for completion?”
“Hi. As discussed, the compliance offer will meet with all of your employees to go through the measures we’ve put in place regarding the COVID-19 ‘return to work’ program. Can you give me a ballpark figure on how many employees he has to meet?”