B.E.L.L. Tips – Fencing

B.E.L.L. Tips – Fencing

Issue #57

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Tips and Tricks for Business English Language Learners (B.E.L.L.)


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Fencing is a combat sport that features sword fighting and was one of the first sports to be featured in the Olympics. Fencing event season runs from August to July in the USA, and children can participate in competitive events as young as eight years old.

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Phrasal Verbs are two or more words (usually a verb and an adverb and/or preposition) to act as a completely new verb with a different meaning. Here are some examples of phrasal verbs that are common in business:

To ask around – To ask many people the same question

I need a good real estate agent. Could you ask around and see if anyone knows one?

To back * up – To support

Thanks for backing me up in the meeting.

To call * off – To cancel

Management is going to call off the meeting because so many people are out sick today.

To check in (with) – To talk to someone to ensure things are okay

I feel it’s important to check in with my team at least once a week.

To check * it – To look at carefully

I’m not sure why the copier isn’t working. I’ll check it out.

To come across – To find unexpectedly

I came across some financial discrepancies in the annual report.

Let’s practice!

Fill in the blanks in the sentences below with a phrasal verb:

  1. Can you __________ Sarah? She has been out sick for a week.
  2. Please ____________ and find out what everyone wants to order for the lunch meeting.
  3. I ____________ this old dress code for the company.
  4. I wish you had __________ when I brought up the issue in the meeting.
  5. We ___________ the party because the deal fell through.
  6. You need to ___________ the contract before signing it.

Grammar Bonus

Mnemonic devices are tools we can use to help us memorize and remember things. They might be a poem, song, rhyme, list, or acronym.

Spelling can be tricky in English and what makes it even more challenging is that Americans and British often spell the same word in different ways.

For example = Practice – Americans use this spelling when this word is used as a noun or verb.

Practise – the British use this spelling when the word is used as a verb (but use the other spelling when it is used as a noun).

Here are some mnemonic devices that can be helpful when trying to remember how to spell something:

I before E, except after C

or when sounded like a

as in neighbor or weigh

Affect or Effect?


Remember: Affect, Verb; Effect, Noun

Desert or Dessert?

The sweet one has two Ss

Reading and Listening Practice

Fencing is quickly becoming a popular sport for parents to choose for their children for a number of reasons. It’s beneficial for both the brain and body, as fencing is one of the only sports that requires a mental skill that matches the physical skill that’s required.

Continue reading this article here: https://academyoffencingmasters.com/blog/9-reasons-why-fencing-is-good-for-kids/

Weekly Challenge

Try some more phrasal verbs with the sentences below:

1. Would you _______ my dog for me this weekend?

look after
look up

2. My neighbour _______ eggs yesterday.

ran out of
ran into

3. John _______ his leg at the baseball game.

broke down
broke off

4. Our boss _______ our meeting until next week.

put off
put down

5. Could you _______ the music while I’m on the phone?

turn off
turn around

6. I don’t _______ my new science teacher.

get up
get over
get on with

7. We both _______ meeting your new girlfriend.

look up
look forward to

8. My car _______ on the highway today.

broke down
broke off
broke away

9. It will be easier to read if you _______ the lights.

switch on
switch over

10. I have to _______ to the finish line and back.

run away
run out of

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