Business English: Negotiations
Updated: Mar 21
The power of negotiation is a great skill to have. The ability to convince, persuade, and even manipulate the person you are speaking to is a great asset for any company in the world of business. In the world of international business you are going to need some phrases to help you negotiate in English. Below you can find some useful phrases for you to use the next time you find yourself negotiating. You can find a print friendly version of the phrases in a PDF file here.
Asking what they want
What do you expect to get from this?
What are you expectations?
Where do you see this going?
What is suitable for you?
What is the best offer for you?
Details of an offer
It (does not) covers/includes.
Over time we expect (this to happen/change) and (this to happen/change)
In the short-term....
What we are purposing/offering is...
To start with we want... and then over time we..
Highlighting a problem
The problem with that is...
That isn't going to work because..
The flaw in that is..
That isn't going to be possible because..
That doesn't goes with our plans and therefore...
That doesn't meet our expectations as we...
Could you clarify the part about...
I'm not sure I fully understand the part about... can you elaborate?
I'm afraid I don't follow, could you explain it in another way
Could you break down exactly each part?
So, as I understand it you are offering....
What exactly are you offering?
Offering a solution to a problem
To overcome this we can…
To avoid (ing)... we will/can..
To tackle this we aim to...
To deal with this problem, we plan to...
Making your offer
Here is what we are prepared to offer..
We are prepared to offer. you..
We could offer...
We are in a position to offer you...
Making a counter offer
What about if we...
We are prepared to... if you....
We would rather....
How about giving us.... instead of
We would be happy if you gave us...
Checking final offer
So we are agreed on...
So the final offer stands at...
So just to clarify the offer on the table is...
So you are offering us... and we are offering...
That works for us
We are prepared to accept that
That meets our expectations
That's perfect for us
So if everyone agrees that' is final
That isn't a problem for us and we are happy to accept that offer
We can't confirm that now
We will need more time to talk about this, and get back to you
Right now, we are not in a position to say yes or no
We are not rejecting the offer, but we need to think this over
We are not prepared to accept that
That is something we can't agree to
Unfortunately, your offer doesn't meet our expectations
I'm not in a position to accept that
That is (way) below what we want
We came here today with a figure in mind, and your offer falls short of that
This is the offer on the table, take it or leave it
This is our final offer. We are not prepared to negotiate any more
There is no negotiation on...
Is this the best offer you are going to receive
If I were you, I'd know what I would do
It's the only offer we are prepared to offer you
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