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For Students: Phrasal Verbs for Project Managers

Updated: Apr 19

If you’re reading this and you’re in Lviv, Ukraine you probably work in the IT industry and you use English everyday be it replying to customers by email, speaking to your clients directly, or having team meetings in English. You could be a programmer, QA, network engineer, or a project manager. If you are a project manager, it's highly likely you have a meeting with your team each day to get an update on the progress on the project you’re managing.


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Well, project managers, this one is for you. Below you will find 21 phrasal verbs, expressions, and words that you can start using in your meetings with your team or when talking directly to your clients. If you’re not a project manager, take note because your projector manager is going to wow you with some important phrasal verbs in a meeting sometime soon.

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Remember phrasal verbs are just like verbs and change their form with the tense that is used.

1 To kick off (a meeting) - to begin something

To kick off, I'd like to say well done to everyone for the work they did last week.

2. To finish (something) off – to complete something that has been started.

We need to finish the adverts off before we move on to anything else.

3. To move onto move to another area when one area is finished

We can’t move on until we have finished the plan.

4. Put back (a date/meeting) to move something to a later date

The release date has been put back by two weeks, so we have a little more time to finish.

5. To bring forward (a date/meeting)to move something closer in time than the original date

Because it is so urgent, we have brought forward the meeting with the client to tomorrow.

6. To give (s/o) a heads up to give someone notice about something (not a phrasal verb, but a really good phrase to have in your arsenal)

Before we start, I want to give you a heads up that tomorrow we are going to have a test run.

7. Come out to release something to the public

Our next patch comes out tomorrow, so we need to be ready for all the emails.

8. To deal with - to try and find a solution for a problem

Our top priority today is to deal with the backend issues.

9. Look into - to investigate a problem

We have looked into the reason why it isn't working and it's because of a bug on the server.

10. Point out - to highlight an area of important information

I should point out if this keeps happening, we are in danger of losing our client.

11. Take turns - to rotate doing something

The support team will take turns answering tickets for the next 24 hours after the patch comes out.

12. Break (something) down - to go over a lot of detail in small parts

This meeting is going to be a little longer than normal, so I'm going to break it down into 6 parts with breaks in between.

13. To get through - to cover amount of work/information

We have a lot to get through today and I hope we can finish.

14. To come up with - to find a solution or an idea for something

John has come up with a good idea that we could use for the design.

14. To run into problems - to meet a problem unexpectedly

If we do run into problems, we need to report them as soon as possible.

15. (a) Work around - a temporary fix

We don't know the problem yet, but we have a work around that will buy us some time.

16. Write up - to document something in detail

I have written up a report for the next couple of days that you should all read.

17. Work out / figure out - to find a reason behind a problem

Late last night John figured out why the script was failing and has now sorted it out

18. Sort out - to fix something / to arrange something

We've now sorted out the problem, so we should sort out a meeting with Clive to talk about the next step.

19 Fall behind - to be behind schedule and not at the level you should be

We have to keep working like we are because we don't want to fall behind on our work

20. Catch up - to bring something to the same level as it should be

We've fallen behind with our plans, so we are going to have to work at the weekend to catch up.

21. Pressed for time - when you don't have much time to do something

The deadline is on Friday, so we really are pressed for time.

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