Speaker A: “You have something important to do?” I asked, hoping I wasn't prying too much.

Speaker B: “Just some small business.”

If not what's a more common reply for Speaker B?

  • This largely depends on the context. What must the B speaker imply? He might even say: "Not much really." or "Yes, I do". May 22, 2017 at 12:35
  • 2
    As @SovereignSun mentioned, the reply can really vary depending on the context. However, if you want to use a business idiom specifically, I would change it to something like "Just a little business". Small business almost exclusively refers to small-sized businesses and is not used in this idiomatic way. May 22, 2017 at 13:33

1 Answer 1


The basic idiom is: to take care of business or to do business.

It would be more idiomatic for B to say: Just a little business to take care of.

Here: /some small business/ is not right. some small business means a business that is small, like a shop, or a person running a small business (a home-office business for example or a business that employs few people).

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .