Todd: So Meg, thanks so much for helping me clean my house.
Meg: You're welcome. No problem.
Todd: Yeah. It's terrible when you have so much to do.
Meg: Yeah. For example, tomorrow, I really have a lot to do.
Todd: Oh no, really? What? What do you have to do tomorrow?
Meg: Well first, I have a lot of laundry that I need to do. So I'll need to wash my clothes. After I wash my clothes, I'll need to iron my clothes, of course. And then finally, after I iron my clothes, I need to hang up all the clothes.
Todd: Oh, yeah. That's terrible. Yeah. Actually, I never iron my clothes.
Meg: Really? Why not?
Todd: I always put my clothes in the dryer and they, you know, come out and they're okay. and I just hang them as soon as my clothes get out of the dryer. So I never iron my shirts. And sometimes, I take things to the dry cleaners so I don't have to iron.
Meg: Yes, that's something I also have to do is drop off a few dresses at the dry cleaners, some formal clothes. I need to take them to the dry cleaner.
Todd: Oh really? Well, wait. How about this? You helped me clean my house, so I want to help you. So I can take your clothes to the dry cleaners.
Meg: Really? Is it okay?
Todd: Yeah. No problem. Actually, it's easy because I need to return some movies. So when I go to return my movies, I can drop off your clothes at the dry cleaners.
Meg: Hey, while you're going to the dry cleaners, can you mail some letters for me?
Todd: Yeah. No problem. That's easy because the post office is really close to the dry cleaners.
Meg: Oh that's great. That will save me time because I need to go buy groceries.
Todd: Oh yeah? Where do you buy your groceries?
Meg: I usually buy my groceries at Maxx Value, a grocery store.
Todd: Okay. Yeah. I like to go there because they have really cheap milk, they have cheap bread; they have lots of good meat. Yeah, I like that store.
Meg: Yeah. They have a lot of delicious bread also.
Todd: You like the bakery.
Meg: I do like the bakery at Maxx Value.
Todd: That's good because actually I know you bake. You like to bake bread. So if you like the bakery, their bread must be good.
Meg: It is good. I recommend it.
Todd: Okay. I'll go check it out.
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What do you have to do tomorrow?
We use the phrase 'have to' for important things we must do. Notice the following:
- I have to get up early for school.
- Do you have to work tomorrow?
I need to wash my clothes.
The phrase 'need to' and 'have to' both mean that you must do something. Notice the following:
- I need to go to bed.
- 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:
- How much do you spend on groceries each week?
- I love shopping for groceries.
I buy my groceries at Maxx Value, a grocery store.
A grocery story in large shop that sells mainly food. It is similar to a supermarket. Notice the following:
- Is there a grocery store nearby?
- They sell fresh fruit at that grocery store.
I can drop off your clothes at the dry cleaners.
Here, drop off means to deliver something. Notice the following:
- Can you drop me off at the airport?
- I need to drop off these letters at the post office.
I need to go to the dry cleaners.
A dry cleaner is a shop that cleans and irons clothes Notice the following:
- I need to get my suit at the dry cleaners.
- My jacket is dirty. Is there a dry cleaners near here.
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