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2007.02.13(Review of 2004.10.18 edition)

Welcome back from the long weekend! It's great to have the pleasure of your company once again!

We've prepared a fascinating set of business idioms for you this week, each of which deals with the act of doing work. And, appropriately enough, this first edition is about ... being prepared!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: イディオム
DO YOUR HOMEWORK   準備をする、下調べをする


  • To do your homework is to prepare for a situation by learning whatever is necessary for you to know in order to handle the situation well.
  • do your homework は、状況にうまく対処できるように、知っておくべきことを確認し、準備をする、下調べをする、という意味です。


  1. (HR manager after an interview)
    I thought that candidate was very smooth. He'd obviously done his homework.
  2. (controller to a colleague)
    We'll need to do our homework on this one. Find out everything you can about how this new tax bill will affect us if it passes.
  3. The industry has become so competitive that, unless you really do your homework, it's nearly impossible to get a new business off the ground.

英会話レッスン“Be Prepared” ... a great motto for Scouts and the serious business person!