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Dress for Success

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Vanessa: You look stunning in this pants suit, Ann

Ann: My Goodness! Today everybody is complementing me on my pants-suit.

Vanessa: No wonder why.

Ann: Frank also said everybody in the office should look like me: elegant and professional.

Vanessa: Wow. Frank is hard to please. If he complimented you, that's a good omen.

Ann: You mean, he'll give me a raise?

Vanessa: Who knows? Keep up this looks. He's your boss. Do what he wants.

Ann: Oh! Come on, Vanessa. It's just not that important to look pretty in a suit only one day.

Vanessa: Honey, frist, you don't only look pretty but also professional. Second, you should keep it up.

Ann: So what's the big deal?

Vanessa: Look. If you dress like that, pretty and professional, you will add on value to the company's image.

Ann: So what?

Vanessa: You will attract more clients. You will bring more business to the company.

Ann: Frank will notice me more. But unfortunately he's married.

Vanessa: Don't be silly. He'll appreciate you more.

Ann: Then I'll get a raise. Anyway, I'm supposed to get a raise next month.

Vanessa: It's not only a raise but you may get a promotion.

Ann: I don't want other girls to be jealous of me.

Vanessa: Little bit of jealousy is good for everybody. They will follow suit; dress like you.



look: helping verb. It takes an adjective or a verb form in the past participle, such as 'tired', 'worried', 'energized'. You look tired." "You look sad." "You look beautiful.". 'Look' also takes the gerund 'ing' as in:

look stunning: stunning with the gerund 'ing'. Looking extremely attractive, gorgeous. To stun means to create an intense owe. "The secretary looked stunning in her two-piece suit."

pants-suit: compound noun. A two-piece suit with a pair of pants and a jacket

My Goodness! An exclamation. It suggests surprise.

look like: prepositional verb. To give the impression, resemble. "She looks like her mother."

No wonder why: Informal way of saying in spoken English "I don't wonder why. I know why", "It is obvious".

elegant: adjective. Looking pleasant by way of pleasant stylish dress in this conversation

looks: singular noun; it takes singular verb forms. Appearance. "For success, looks is just important as hard work."

professional: adjective and noun. Following business code standards--by way of manners demeanor and performance, for the effective execution of business activities; a person who has a profession

hard to please: compound adjective. Difficult to appreciate what's good.

compliment: transitive verb. To praise

good omen: compound noun. As sign of good not evil. Something good is going to happen. "The job market is picking up. That's a good omen for the economic recovery."

raise: Noun in this conversation. Increase in salary.

so what: Informal way in spoken English for "So what should we expect out of this?" It also suggests a disbelief that nothing will change; feeling of no expectation of a change

promotion: noun. Change in status or rank for a higher position at work. "She is promoted to the position of Regional Sales Manager."

jealous of me: adjective verbal phrase. To envy other person. It takes 'be' verb forms: "am, is are" and with the preposition 'of'. "You are jealous of me because I've got a raise."

appreciate: transitive verb. To give credit; think highly

add on value: transitive verb. To increase the value of something.


keep up: idiomatic verb. To maintain, continue to perform in the same favorable manner. "Customers have rated your service as excellent. Keep it up!"

come on: idiomatic verb. "Be realistic"; "Come to your senses". An informal response in spoken English to something we don't think it is true or realistic, or sensible. It is frequently used in conversation.

Who knows? idiomatic expression. It suggests a positive expectation in the future. An example:

A: "I have done everything I can for my mother, but the doctors are giving her only one more year. Her cancer is progressing."

B: "You are doing what you can. Who knows? She may get better."

B suggests things may change for better. We don't know what the future holds for us.

follow suit: idiomatic verb. To imitate, adopt

What's the big deal? It means "Why are you exaggerating it?"

A: "It's raining hard. I have to stay home today."

B: "What's the big deal? All you need is your umbrella."


should: the past participle of 'shall'. It suggests a strongly urged advice. "You should always be polite." suggests "I strongly believe; I urge you to be polite."

should look like: "You should like a professional rather than just a pretty girl." means "I strongly believe you need to look like a professional." It suggests being pretty is not as important as being professional at work. This girl needs to dress professionally and behave professionally.


He'll: pronunciation of "he will" in spoken English. "He will" sound like "hill" in spoken English. See the pronunciation lesson of Letter L






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