(1) One time event: Something that doesn’t happen many times
This extension is a one time event. We can’t do it again.
(2) To get discouraged: To think things will be bad
I got discouraged after he sent back the report again. I’m not sure he’ll ever be satisfied.
(3) Process: A series of events that lead to a result
This writing process is taking much longer than I had planned. There is so much to do.
1. When can we use along the way to mean while?
a. When it’s about a process
b. For a one time event
c. To describe the events of a trip
2. How can we use along the way?
a. To discuss something that happens during a process
b. To be direct and formal about two events
c. To be casual about two events
3. When can we use to touch base?
a. To get or give a friendly update
b. When something is late
c. To give an extension on a project
By Jeremy Schaar
This week on the blog I’ll introduce two more useful phrases. You’ll learn what they mean and read a few examples of how you might use them.
1. Along the way
We use along the way to introduce something that happened during a process. Sometimes it’s similar to while, but not always. Compare these two examples.
While I was in New York, I met several clients.
While I was preparing to begin construction, I learned about some interesting new options for finance.
In the first example, you might just say When I was in New York… It talks about a one time event. But in the second example, when isn’t best. We should say while because we’re talking about a process.
In a situation where we’re talking about a process, we can use along the way. Here are some examples:
I know you’re new here. You’ll need to do a lot of research before making your recommendations for the building project. Along the way, you’ll need to study about the new program as well. You’ll be busy.
It means that the person should focus on research, but at the same time study the new program.
Don’t get discouraged along the way!
This means that the process will be hard, but you shouldn’t lose confidence.
2. I just wanted to touch base
Use this phrase when you want to contact someone to see how things are going or report on your own work. It’s polite and casual at the same time. Here are some examples.
I just wanted to touch base and update you on my progress. Things are going good and…
I just wanted to touch base and see how you’re doing with the new client. Could you update me…