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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
The company I work for needs a lot of money fast. They will have to reduce their prices and ___________ a lot of inventory (products) to get the money quickly.

What a __________! We paid so much money for that food and it wasn't very good at all!

Mr. E. was under a lot of stress at work and decided to ______ couple of days off and go to Hawaii to relax.

My accountant reminded me that we could ___________ the $1,000,000 donation we made to EngVid.

HP is not doing very well. They had to sell off a lot of computers at a loss, and now they will also have to ____________ many workers.

Coca Cola just started selling Coke with real cocaine in it, and the product is really _____________________. They are making a lot of money.

We are going to have to _________ the value of that car. I think it was completely destroyed in the accident.

I mentioned my business idea to my friend. He ________ it off, and now he is very rich!!

When the stockholders found out the company was laying off its workers, they began to _____________ their stocks very quickly.

Mr. E.: "James, can I __________ the night off? I have a date."

James: "No, I need you to help me clean the toilets."


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188 Comments on ““OFF” Phrasal Verbs – Business English”


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9/10 So, write off means to reduce the estimated value of something. I will know it.))

Saturday, June 15th 2013

    My mistake, too.

    If I understood when the product is selling off his price can be written off to stimulate the sales as well. I think that “to write off” means reduce the price, while “to sell off” means to stimulate the sales. Am I right?

    Sunday, June 16th 2013

      When I said that “to write off” means reduce the price, I mean It reduce the price by another cause different of only to sell off the product. I think that I could sell off something using another marketing plan to improve the sales, even though I hadn’t reduced the price, couldn’t I? Or can I just say “to sell off” when the product were with your price reduced?

      Sunday, June 16th 2013

        sell off- you can sell off because of different reasons.. maybe you need urgent money, you have to pay your employee s salary or you want to release your old product and to buy new model.

        Friday, June 21st 2013

        my understanding on write off is not similar to sell off, i think this phrase in business relates to reducing or waiving taxation by the government to encourage buyers to buy materials or items

        Tuesday, December 29th 2015

    In this case I think “write off” means to renounce at the value of that car considering it as a total loss (it was completely destroyed).

    Tuesday, June 18th 2013

      Sell off- means that you have to sell your products cheaper than its worths becaue you need urgent money or you have any reason to get urgent money

      Friday, June 21st 2013

        I know.I was speaking about “write off”

        Friday, June 21st 2013

        Yes! You’re correct. Excellent expalnation!

        Saturday, March 28th 2015

        Yes! You’re correct. Excellent explanation!

        Saturday, March 28th 2015

    Its means to reduce the estimated value of something according to the depreciation of this object , so you can write off the depreciation value of your car :)

    Saturday, August 24th 2013

    I made the same mistake and I did also get 9/10. That is a good score though.

    Sunday, September 15th 2013

    I got 7/10. I need some review :)

    Friday, January 24th 2014

    It means something like “списать”, “списать в расходы”

    Sunday, May 11th 2014

Thank u James. Have you seen that i got 10 out of 10 :-) that was a mazing . This is the first time i do understand som of your lesson
hheehhehehh

Saturday, June 15th 2013

    :))

    Friday, June 21st 2013

Lessons . sorry

Saturday, June 15th 2013

Great! I’m so happy, 9/10.

Saturday, June 15th 2013

Opz .. It’s a Private video !!! O F F

not working … :(

Saturday, June 15th 2013

Nice lesson!, Thanks ^^

Saturday, June 15th 2013

Cool

Saturday, June 15th 2013

James thank you, very good lesson.

Sunday, June 16th 2013

Thanks a lot!

Sunday, June 16th 2013

thank uu )))) i want more lessons about phrasal verbs i want lean them all it is the hard part in english

Sunday, June 16th 2013

nice lesson thanks James

Sunday, June 16th 2013

I just noticed that I can learn English better than I thought. 10/10 thanks engVid ;)

Sunday, June 16th 2013

Wow 10/10! Thanks James and Mr. E :)

Sunday, June 16th 2013

Thanks James ! I really like the way you teach us . well explained . cheers

Sunday, June 16th 2013

useful lesson

Sunday, June 16th 2013

That’s is great

Sunday, June 16th 2013

Hi, James!

Another terrific class. The Engvid is taking off in Brazil. Every day I have seen so many brazilians students in the comments and so I thank you guys twice. Your is the finest job about english in the web!

This time I put 9/10 in the quizz. The question about to write off the value car really got me. But, late, I understood my wrong.

See u, guys!

Sunday, June 16th 2013

    Hey Claudio, i’m form Brazil too, i heard about Engvid about 1 month ago and i really like it.

    And you made some mistake.
    “This time I put(GOT) 9/10”
    “But, late(later), I understood my wrong(mistake).”

    Tuesday, June 18th 2013

      and my mistake was sell off istead of write off..
      sell off is correct for the fist sentence, but later when we pay attention to the sequence of the accidents, we can realise that write off is right.

      We are going to have to _________ the value of that car. I think it was completely destroyed in the accident.
      write off

      Friday, June 21st 2013

I like your new photo, James. You look serious ;)

Sunday, June 16th 2013

I would like to learn English very soon because I have a lot of American friends

Sunday, June 16th 2013

Excellent lesson!!! thank you James.

Sunday, June 16th 2013

9\10

THANK you so much .

Sunday, June 16th 2013

nice James, thanks

Sunday, June 16th 2013

Very Good lesson!
thanks James

Sunday, June 16th 2013

:)even if it was difficult for my level I got 10 thanks James you’re a wonderful teacher. Ciao.

Sunday, June 16th 2013

Ok, this is greate, I understand almost all.

Sunday, June 16th 2013

Excellent lesson!!! thank you James

Sunday, June 16th 2013

Thanks for your lesson, James.
Could you tell me the difference between “colleague” and “co-worker”? Thanks in advance

Sunday, June 16th 2013

    colleuge- we work in the same office, but we have different works, for example you are an accountant and i am a lawer..
    co-worker- we have the same profession..both of us are lawers..
    if i am not wrong

    Friday, June 21st 2013

Awesome, Thanks so much!!!!8)

Sunday, June 16th 2013

Very kind lesson James ! And I are improving my listening with you. I understood all you said ! But,I’v got 7 to 10, principally, some time I’m getting lost! Some time I’m in two minds ! Thank you again !

Sunday, June 16th 2013

You’re always taking off, fella!

Best regards.

Monday, June 17th 2013

Nice Lesson
little bit difficult for understand
but, in the end
understand Properly

Monday, June 17th 2013

If you want to to take off for vacation the Greece is right in the corner waiting for you. Thanks for your really fantastic lesson. I’m a very diligent student. , and i’m very proud of me because of you…

Monday, June 17th 2013

Thanks a million, James..

So, “write off” here is not only for taxes, but also it goes for the value of the things?

As in the quiz, reducing the value if the car’s price because it was totaled?

Monday, June 17th 2013

You’re so funny and I like it.

Monday, June 17th 2013

Nice joke at the end of the quiz.

Monday, June 17th 2013

Hello… anybody can see me?

Monday, June 17th 2013

Thanks James. Awesome class as usual

Monday, June 17th 2013

9/10. The seventh was wrong. I need to take off some weeks¡¡.

Monday, June 17th 2013

I got 10 of 10 thanks for this lesson !

by the way I like your heart sound effect james !

Monday, June 17th 2013

Only 6 out of 10 on my first day here . I
‘am covered with Satisfaction

Monday, June 17th 2013

it’s been a really good lesson, i`m sure your fan’s number will take off cuz’ anyone of your lesson is a rip off that’s why i think you’ll never be laid off…. i`ve got 8/10

Monday, June 17th 2013

sorry your lessons are not a rip off, at all, it just a little tiny mistake

Monday, June 17th 2013

i have a question, do you have a voice chat, it would be gret if you do…..

Monday, June 17th 2013

I like the way you explain the phrasal verbs.It is logical, so it’s easy to understand and to recall. Thank you!

Monday, June 17th 2013

Thank you!!

Monday, June 17th 2013

gooooooooooooood

Monday, June 17th 2013

Thank a lot James for helping to understand how to use the phrasal verbs

Monday, June 17th 2013

Thank You James, I got 9/10 I am so happy with this Video it is very useful, and I Love the last question in the quiz it is so fun, You made me laugh, Good Luck James :)

Monday, June 17th 2013

9/10 thanks James for the lesson and NOT all the people of India are same
and I’m SORRY that u ripped in my country. and one more thing whenever u will come in plz just call me and look my country on my way I bat u that u will love my country. I love u James u ripped off me THANKS 4 LESSON

Monday, June 17th 2013

Good video… It helped me a lot. Thanks for being so clear. I’ve got 8/10, but i’ll do better the next time, beacause it has helped me a lot to recognize what I need to improve…

Monday, June 17th 2013

James, you’re awesome. I’m a great fan of your lessons. I’d like to follow you either on twitter or Facebook? Could you tell?

Monday, June 17th 2013

9 !!! I didnt understand the question number 7… Was “Write off ” and I put “sell off”. I have doubts yet.

Monday, June 17th 2013

    “Sell off” means to sell at a low price.You can sell “the car” but not “the value” of the car, like in the question. But you can “write off the value of that car” which means you give up on the value of that car, because it is completely destroyed.

    Tuesday, June 18th 2013

    Hi Glauzuki,
    the car was damaged, so they have to decrease or reduce or cut down (or write off) its value now.

    Tuesday, June 18th 2013

Ow no james! I can’t believe that you took off your common saying “www.engvid.com”
:(
lol

Best wishes!

Monday, June 17th 2013

    I told James that maybe people were tired of hearing it… you miss it?

    Friday, June 21st 2013

100/100 Thanks James you’re very great

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

Thnaks James for this interesting class!!!

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

Hi Mr.James
Can you pleas ex plane when we can use past simple and when we can use “used to”
Pleas if you can
Thanks

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

Thanks James!

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

First, thank you for the great effort
The big problem for me
He understand how the formula phrasal verbs
Or Category phrasal verbs
Or installation phrasal verbs
or how to use it
Thanks and appreciation

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

james, thanks alot
you are good teacher

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

is it _sell off_ means like -SOLD-
.
.
.
answer me plzz

Thursday, June 20th 2013

Wow! my first 90% in a english quiz. I can see I am not the only one that got wrong with the car question.

Thursday, June 20th 2013

good, i got 9/10. but i still don’t understand that when can i use ”write off” in specific way.

Thursday, June 20th 2013

Thank you James. It was an excellent class, very clear and funny as always. I did 10/10

Friday, June 21st 2013

thank you very much! it was an excellent lesson.

Saturday, June 22nd 2013

Hey James, another great vid of yours. Whenever I have some time, I check out engVid amazing lessons. After all, y’all are badass teachers! Keep up da good work, dude!

Saturday, June 22nd 2013

hi
thank you James for the lessons
your videos are great
i was wondering if you can help me in writing section i face problems in writing
how can i send my writing assay to you

Sunday, June 23rd 2013

You are a great teacher. You use a lot of mimic and phonetic elements for your clases. Thank´s, James

Sunday, June 23rd 2013

I got 9/10 very useful. Thanks James.

Monday, June 24th 2013

Hey James. Thank you It really helps me a lot!

Monday, June 24th 2013

thanksssssssssssss

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

8/10 it’s not bad :) thank u very much

Friday, June 28th 2013

9 out of 10. Thanks James

Monday, July 1st 2013

why doesn’t James answer on our comments or respond to us???????????

Thursday, July 4th 2013

wow cool lesson I enjoyed it thanks James

Thursday, July 4th 2013

correct 7 out of 10 > < I need to improve, learn from mistake.
great lesson, thank you so much James :D

Friday, July 5th 2013

I took a little of marks but i will take good marks when i listen to u again anyway you are good teacher i like to be here all the time thanks alot my teacher:)

Sunday, July 7th 2013

thanks a lot master James

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

very good explanation James. Thanks

Friday, July 12th 2013

I like this man. Very interesting. Cool speaker.

Sunday, July 14th 2013

Take off in English

Thursday, July 18th 2013

10/10. Like a boss >:)

Saturday, July 20th 2013

Hi my favorite teacher! Would you be so kind and do some lessons on medical vocabulary?

Saturday, July 20th 2013

thanks Jame!your lesson is very useful.You are an exellent teacher.your humors during the lesson make us relax :)

Thursday, July 25th 2013

good :)

Friday, July 26th 2013

thanks..i like the way you explain thing :)

Sunday, July 28th 2013

I got 9 out of 10, I’m learning a lot with James, Thank you for all good lessons, keep up a good work!!!

Friday, August 2nd 2013

Hi,Mr.James ,I’m just wanna ask about write off , can you give me a definition for write-off and explain it to me again because I’m a little bit confusing
And Thanks Mr.James

Saturday, August 17th 2013

it’s really awesome, thanks

Monday, August 19th 2013

Great lesson! i got 8/10. I need watch it again .i am confused about ‘take off ‘has the mean, to be successful,i am ready can’t understand. who can help me on this?

Wednesday, August 21st 2013

    you can think about the plane idea, a plane is on the ground (down), and sundelly it takes off (up), it the same when something or someone get sucessful. they start down and then go up.

    Sunday, November 10th 2013

Hi Mr.James,
I love your videos. It’s useful for me.

Thursday, August 29th 2013

“Write off” is difficult to understand :(. I was wrong two sentences with “Write off”

Thursday, August 29th 2013

thanks…

Saturday, August 31st 2013

Mr James/worm. Would you be my private prof? Say yes!

Wednesday, September 4th 2013

Very funny quiz! Thank you, James! But I refuse to clean the toilets )))) 10/10

Friday, September 6th 2013

10/10

Saturday, September 14th 2013

Thank you James. I think “write off” means claiming something to reduce the tax. Am i correct?

Sunday, September 22nd 2013

Thank you James for your work. Now you can take a day off :)

Sunday, October 6th 2013

I like Mr. E (*^^*) I got 5 correct out of 10 :( I have to review. Thank you,James (^-^)/

Wednesday, October 9th 2013

Again, Thanks a lot, James!

Tuesday, October 15th 2013

Thanks a lot! I really needed a phrasalverbs lesson, by the way I love you’re way of teaching ’cause you make it the fun way :D LOL. Anyway I think I need to “take some time off” learning english for a couple of days :P

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Thanks James, good lesson. You are my favorite teacher, I like your lessons and your sense of humor. Now I can write off ignorance of the phrasal verbs.

Saturday, November 2nd 2013

with these lessons I think my english will finally takee off :D

Sunday, November 10th 2013

Thank you!

Monday, December 2nd 2013

Thanks Mr. James got 80%

Wednesday, December 4th 2013

wonderful , thanks alot

Saturday, December 14th 2013

Thank you.

Friday, December 20th 2013

am asked my manager to take some days off but he replied me that we are going to sell off some stuff these week to avoid laying off some of your co-workers because MR E company ripped off our new broudact idea

Monday, December 30th 2013

LOL the same mistake for all 90% :D

Monday, December 30th 2013

Thanks, James>.

Monday, January 13th 2014

last year i got a business, then robbers rip it off.I tried to sell it off to a lower price just to stay in the business, but it wasn’t enough.I decided to lay off my worker and write off the remaining products. finally i realize i was rip off through out the year….

:) thanks james

Wednesday, January 15th 2014

why in number 7 I need to use “write off”? Is it possible in Canada to write off broken things at the end of the year?? and if so how do you certify that it was broken from the very beginning :D

Thursday, February 13th 2014

i got 8

Sunday, February 23rd 2014

9/10 So, write off means to reduce the estimated value of something. Very Good Class

Friday, March 28th 2014

Yahoo, I got 10 of 10. Thank you! And it’s been fun, nice sense of humor. :D

Saturday, March 29th 2014

wow…I got 10/10.thank you so much Mr.James:))

Saturday, March 29th 2014

Hi James,

thanks so much for the lesson. This is my first appearance in this site and I’m really enjoying your way of teaching. I got 9/10 .
thanks again..keep it up.

Saturday, March 29th 2014

Mr E want to take off because It knows that today you are going to clean toilets. Lol

Sunday, March 30th 2014

Hi james,
I would like to know if u have any recommendations for the best way I can improve to write English very well especially about the business englinsh.

Sunday, March 30th 2014

I love it :)

Monday, March 31st 2014

you do very well work james yhank you for all

Monday, April 14th 2014

what a mistake! i need to take off, IM GONNA ASK IT TO MY BOSS

Sunday, May 11th 2014

60 :/

Friday, May 16th 2014

Thanks a lot James.

Friday, May 16th 2014

Good class! Thank you

Sunday, May 18th 2014

70/100 nice!

Tuesday, May 27th 2014

good lesson i took 9/10 i really interested to practice English with people here , and who is really interested h can find me on skype (gosslife)

Sunday, July 6th 2014

thx, James!!!

Sunday, July 13th 2014

James! Not only you are handsome! You are also a genius!

Friday, July 18th 2014

Thanks.

Friday, July 25th 2014

:D THNXXX

Monday, August 4th 2014

for my first time is ok

Sunday, August 10th 2014

THANKS JAMES

Monday, August 11th 2014

80% at the quiz.
Thanks James it’s an interesting lesson helped me a lot but I think I didn’t get “write off”

Saturday, August 16th 2014

Well done! 100% correct!

Wednesday, August 20th 2014

!Thanks a lot!

Wednesday, September 17th 2014

Thanks a lot

Sunday, September 21st 2014

Thank you James , very good lesson I got

Saturday, October 11th 2014

10/10…thank u james…

Tuesday, October 14th 2014

Bosses dont like take offs.

Sunday, November 9th 2014

I really agree with last question ‘! Thumbs up

Tuesday, November 11th 2014

I always have so much fun watching your videos, excellent lesson!

Saturday, November 15th 2014

Thanks a million james your manner in teaching is very useful today I have learned alot about this topic and I can’nt express how thankful I am.
you are glowing dear james … you are talented in teaching ……..

Saturday, November 15th 2014

wohoho 10 on 10 great teacher student did all right :P

Sunday, November 16th 2014

Can you explain me again, what “write off” means…

Monday, November 24th 2014

Thankful james

Friday, December 26th 2014

great

Saturday, January 10th 2015

I like your method of teaching. By the way, you look like a good singer with that bottles on hand. Thanks a bunch for the lesson

Saturday, January 10th 2015

We have to pay attention ,and use logic to answer all questions well .
Tank you Jame, you’re a great teacher .

Wednesday, February 25th 2015

Good class James, thanks!

Monday, March 2nd 2015

good job@ like you james and mr e…so cure and fun to learn english in this way

Saturday, May 16th 2015

10/10!!!weeeewooot!!!
I really like James, he has got this great sense of humor that helps him deliver a lecture quite naturally!hihihi
keep it up Sir!!!

Monday, July 13th 2015

I got 7/10 so I need to watch the video again xD

Friday, July 17th 2015

Hi!! i have a questions; How do i know my score, each apply a quiz?

Tuesday, July 21st 2015

Great Lesson.Thanks!

Tuesday, July 21st 2015

As usual James’s Power <3 :D

Thursday, July 30th 2015

Great Lesson.

Tuesday, August 25th 2015

The funniest lessons I’ve ever had are yours, James. And very intelligible too (10/10 =))! Thank you very much for this great job!

Thursday, September 17th 2015

Wow! Wonderful lesson! Very interesting.

Friday, November 13th 2015

Nice lesson I have got 10 to 10..,
Only because of your powerful speech and you have got that talent to make people to understand what you do teaching.,, that’s where you are James…

Monday, November 30th 2015

Some hart but l can learn it so l sould learn

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015

i got 10 out of 10, it was very useful and understandable lesson thanks for your time and energy.

Tuesday, December 29th 2015

Great lesson James! Thank you.

Wednesday, December 30th 2015

:-((((((((((( 6/10, I must repeat, repeat ……

Saturday, February 13th 2016

Great Lesson thanks a lot!

Tuesday, July 26th 2016

Very useful lesson James!

Sunday, July 31st 2016

My score is 9/10.Thank you James.

Friday, August 26th 2016
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