How do you describe the history of a company?

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Published on February 26, 2014

Author: miroslavakovacevic1



If you want to write some kind of company review you will probably need this presentation. Also you can find something about Present Perfect Tense.

 Use the Past Simple to say when/where/how/by whom the company was founded.  GAP Inc. was founded in 1969 by Donald G. Fisher.  Unilever was formed in 1930. by merging with British soap maker Lever Brothers.

 Use the Present Perfect to say what has happened since the company was founded.  Since 1930, the companies have operated as one.  Since 1968, the company has opened ten subsidiaries in various parts of the world.

 Use the Present Simple to say what the company produces, how many employees it has, what its annual turnover is, etc.  Unilever is an Anglo-Dutch company which produces food products and detergents.  It operates in over 70 countries and employs about 300000 people.  It has a subsidiary, UAC international, which specializes in paper and plastics.

 Use the Present Continuous to say what the company is planning at the moment.  We are opening a subsidiary in Paris.  The company is planning expansion into the automative sector.

 Use the Future Simple to predict the company’s performance.  According to our latest forecasts profits will increase by about 15% next year.  Next year there will be a new plant in the UK and a plant in Boston, Massachusetts.

Montegna Ltd. (FOUND) ________ by Leonardo Montegna in 1952. Until 1955. the company (HAVE) ______ only a small factory in Verona. In 1956. a new plant (OPEN) _______ in Milan and the company (BEGIN) ________ manufacturing valves. In 1975. the Head Office (MOVE) _______ to Milan. In the next ten years sales offices (ESTABLISH) ________ in 48 different countries. Now the company (HAVE) _______ a turnover of $450m and (PRODUCE) _______ a range of over 400 products. The company (PLAN) _______ expansion into the automatic sector. Next year there (BE) ______________a new plant in the UK and a plant in Boston, Massachusetts.

P&S (BE) __________ a chain of department stores with branches in many cities in the UK. Each store (SELL) ________ a variety of goods from textiles to kitchen utensils to furniture. P&S (EMPLOY) _______ over 3000 people and (HAVE) _______ a turnover of over $75m. The firm (GROW) ________ rapidly and at present (RECRUIT) _______ more highly qualified personnel to run its new branch which (OPEN) _______ in Maidstone, Kent next month.

Form 1. Positive form I/you/we/they have/’ve finished the project. 2. Negative form 3. Interrogative form I/you/we/they Have I/you/we/they have not/haven’t finished…? finished… He/she/it has/’s finished the project. He/she/it has not/ hasn’t finished…. Has he/she/it finished the project?

1. To show an activity at some non-specific time in the past with an impact or results in the present:  The government has increased taxes. (present results = taxes are now higher)  We have employed two new workers. (present results = two more employees) As the activity here happened at a non-specific time in the past, no time markers are used.

2. To show an activity within a period of time which is not yet finished at the time of speaking:  The quality of the product has improved this year (the year is not yet finished)  John has changed three jobs this month. (the month is not yet finished) Time expressions used here include: this morning, this evening, this year, today …

3. To indicate an activity which started in the past and continues up to the present  Mr. Davison has worked for our company for 14 years. (he started working 14 years ago and is still working here today)  I have lived in Belgrade since 1988. (I started living here in 1988 and I am still living here today)  Typical time markers here are: for , since

4. To give new information:  Did you hear the news? Jim has found a new job!  Do you know about Susan? She has got married! 5. To announce a recent happening:  We have just signed a new contract.  I have just finished work.

6. With a superlative:  This is the most boring book I have ever read!  This is the largest order we have ever received. 7. With the expressions such as This is the first time or It’s the first time:  This is the first time we have done business with you so the payment should be in cash.  It’s the first time I have had a job interview so I’m a bit nervous.

8. To talk about an activity between a short time ago and now:  I haven’t seen John lately. Have you?  We have recently changed over to Microsoft Windows 98. 9. With ever and never  Have you ever been to America?  We have never made such a profit!

 Our sales (increase) ___________.  She (work) __________ for our company for 15 years.  Our profit (remain) _______ constant all this years.  _______you _______(make) an appointment yet?  We (not/see) _________ him since November.

1. I _________ (work) my homework right now. 2. I _______ (get up) at 8 o’clock and I ______ (go) to the supermarket and after that I ______ (catch) up a bus and _______ (come) at work around nine. 3. She ________ (wear) a nice T-shirt with blue jeans. 4. He ________ (think) that it is very good idea. 5. Where ______ you_______ (stay) for a weekend? 6. Why ________she ________ (wear) that stupid jacket. 7. My parents ________(be) good people. 8. ______ you ________ (like) this cake?

I _______ (buy) a car yesterday. I ________ (write) some letters when the phone _____(ring). He ________(leave) the office when he secretary ______(come) in.

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