English Tips!

#bring off

To bring off something (or bring something off) is to succeed in achieving something difficult.
Examples of use:
a) Your new Manager has promised to increase turnover by 40%. Do you really think he can bring it off?
b) They successfully brought off their plans to relocate the company to Malaysia.
c) We need to increase our profits by 20% by April 2012. I’m not sure we can bring it off.

#bring forward

To bring something forward (or bring forward something) is to change its date or time so that it happens earlier than planned.
Examples of use:
a) Next week’s training session has been brought forward to Friday afternoon.
b) Can you bring the meeting forward a week?
c) They have brought my interview forward to tomorrow!

#book up

When a person, place or event is booked up they have no spare time or space. Always passive.
Examples of use:
a) The Hilton Hotel is booked up; we’ll have to stay somewhere else.
b) Mrs Ingles is booked up for February, but I can make you an appointment for March.
c) He is always booked up when I try to see him.

#bail out

1. To bail out somebody or something (or bail somebody or something out) is to help a person or business in difficulty (especially financial difficulties).
Examples of use:
a) The government used tax payers’ money to bail out the big banks.
b) News headline: Charity millions to bail out Scottish galleries and museums.
c) The airline was bailed out by its shareholders.

2. To bail out of something is to escape from a difficult situation, often leaving other people in a difficult situation by doing so.
Examples of use:
a) The printing firm have bailed out of their contract with us.
b) Marko said he would help us set up the new business, but he has bailed out.
In UK English, bail out is also spelt bale out.

#back up

To back up something (or back something up) is to make a copy of information on a computer (for example, files and programs) so that you do not lose it.
Examples of use:
a) Remember to back up your files.
b) We lost all our work because we didn’t back it up.
c) My computer isn’t working. I’m glad I backed up all my files.

#Bad Travel Experiences

Phrases for Bad Travel Experiences
1. My flight was overbooked. (overbooked = there were too many passengers and not enough seats)
2. My flight was delayed/canceled.
3. My luggage was lost.
4. I was jet-lagged. (= I felt tired because of the time zone difference between my origin and destination)
5. My hotel was in a seedy area. (seedy = possibly unsafe)
6. I was mugged. (= I was robbed on the street)
7. The weather was miserable.
8. I got the runs. (= diarrhea)
9. The place was a tourist trap. (= made only for tourists; not authentic)
10. I couldn’t wait to get back home.