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Todd talks with Meg about what she has to do and offers to help her out.

Todd: Meg, thanks so much for helping me clean my house.

Meg: Yeah, no problem.

Todd: Oh, you were a big, big help. So I want to thank you. I want to repay you. So tomorrow can I take you to lunch?

Meg: Oh, it's too bad, but tomorrow I'll be really busy.

Todd: Oh, yeah. Why?

Meg: Well, I only wash my clothes once a week, so I need to do my laundry tomorrow.

Todd: Oh, right. Do you wash your clothes at home or at the coin laundry shop?

Meg: I usually wash my clothes at home because I have a washer.

Todd: Oh, nice. Do you have a dryer too?

Meg: I don't have a dryer, so I have to go to the coin laundromat to dry my clothes.

Todd: Right. So for work, do you usually iron your clothes?

Meg: I usually iron my work clothes before I hang them up.

Todd: Oh, right. You know, I never iron my clothes.

Meg: Really? Why not?

Todd: I just put my clothes in the dryer and then I take my clothes out of the dryer when they're still hot and fold my clothes, and usually they're okay. I don't have to iron my shirts or pants or anything.

Meg: That sounds good. I also have some clothes that I cannot wash at home, so I have to drop them off at the dry cleaners.

Todd: Oh, yeah. Oh, right. I use the dry cleaner sometimes. Do you use the dry cleaner by the supermarket?

Meg: I use the one by the train station.

Todd: Oh, right. Okay. I know that one too. Yeah. Well, since I want to do something for you and I can't take you to lunch, maybe I can drop off your clothes at the dry cleaners.

Meg: Really? Will it be okay?

Todd: Oh, no problem, because tomorrow I have to return some movies that I rented. So after I return the movies, I can take your clothes to the dry cleaners.

Meg: Wow. Thanks. While you're going to the dry cleaners, could you also mail some letters for me?

Todd: Sure. No problem. Just at the post office, right?

Meg: Yes. Just at the post office.

Todd: Okay. Oh, I have an idea. How about this? Since you are busy, after I go to the dry cleaners and I drop off my movies, I buy lunch and I bring you lunch to your house?

Meg: Yeah, that sounds great.

Todd: So what would you like for lunch? I can get Thai food, Chinese food, pizza.

Meg: Pizza sounds great.

Todd: Okay. I'll go to the same pizza place we use for the party. It's really good.

Meg: Sounds great.

Todd: Any kind of pizza?

Meg: I like pepperoni pizza. What do you like?

Todd: Oh, pepperoni's fine. It's for you, so definitely, I'll get pepperoni pizza.

Meg: Oh, okay. Great. Thanks a lot.

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Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary

have to

What do you have to do tomorrow?

We use the phrase 'have to' for important things we must do. Notice the following:

  1. I have to get up early for school.
  2. Do you have to work tomorrow?

need to

I need to wash my clothes.

The phrase 'need to' and 'have to' both mean that you must do something. Notice the following:

  1. I need to go to bed.
  2. She needs to finish a report.


Where do you buy your groceries?

Groceries are items of food you buy for your home. Notice the following:

  1. How much do you spend on groceries each week?
  2. I love shopping for groceries.

grocery store

I buy my groceries at Max Value, a grocery store.

A grocery story in large shop that sells mainly food. It is similar to a supermarket. Notice the following:

  1. Is there a grocery store nearby?
  2. They sell fresh fruit at that grocery store.

drop off

I can drop off your clothes at the dry cleaners.

Here, drop off means to deliver something. Notice the following:

  1. Can you drop me off at the airport?
  2. I need to drop off these letters at the post office.

dry cleaner

I need to go to the dry cleaners.

A dry cleaner is a shop that cleans and irons clothes Notice the following:

  1. I need to get my suit at the dry cleaners.
  2. My jacket is dirty. Is there a dry cleaners near here.

Vocabulary Quiz

have to • need do • groceries
grocery store • drop off • dry cleaner
  1. When driving, you be careful.
  2. I leave soon.
  3. I need to take my jacket to the .
  4. I bought some apples at the .
  5. That supermarket has cheap .
  6. Can you this movie for me?

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