These three micro-dictations all contain the expression ‘the ball is in your court’. Complete each exercise, and then try to guess the meaning/usage of the expression from the context.

Dictation #1

Accent: England (RP)

We’ve fair , now the in .
We’ve them a fair , so now the is in their .

Dictation #2

Accent: Scotland

I’ve investors we need the product . The their .
I’ve the investors how money we need to the product to market. The is in their now.

…to bring the product to market

to bring something to market = to develop a product to the stage where it is available for consumers to buy. e.g. I have years of experience of taking new ideas and bringing them to market.

Dictation #3

Accent: Ireland

We’ve we help you, the .
We’ve all that we to help you, now the ball is in your .

the ball is in your court: meaning and explanation

The ball is in someone’s court communicates the idea that it is now up to somebody to make a decision or take action. You have done everything you can, and it is now the turn of the other person to act.

This idiom is used to emphasise that you have fulfilled your responsibilities and that there is nothing more you can do. It can also be used to remind the other person that they now need to make a decision. e.g. The ball is in your court now. We’ll be waiting to hear back from you.

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