Meg has to move
Todd: So Meg, are you busy this weekend?
Meg: Yes, I'm so busy because I'm moving.
Todd: Oh, no.
Meg: Yeah, there's a lot of work to do.
Todd: What do you have to do?
Meg: First, I have to prepare my apartment, so I need to pack all of my things.
Todd: That's not fun.
Meg: No, it takes a long time.
Todd: Do you need help?
Meg: Yeah, do you have time to help me?
Todd: I can help you on Sunday.
Meg: Ooh, are you busy on Saturday?
Todd: Yeah, on Saturday I have to work. I have to teach two classes, and then after I teach, I have to grade papers. Oh, it sounds like you're really busy too. Plus, I have to meet my friends that evening.
Meg: Oh, what will you do with your friends?
Todd: I'm helping my friend also. My friend has car problems, so I have to take him to the mechanic, but on Sunday I can help you.
Meg: OK, that would be great because on Sunday I have to take some trash to the dump, and I have to finish some paperwork at city hall to prepare for moving to a new country
Todd: Now, because you're moving, do you have to go to the post office?
Meg: I do have to go to the post office. I almost forgot. At the post office, I have to submit a form to say my new address.
Todd: Ah, that's good because I have to go to the post office, too.
Meg: Oh, really.
Todd: I have to send my mom's birthday gift to her.
Meg: When is your mom's birthday?
Todd: It was one month ago.
Meg: Ah, so you have to send it quickly.
Todd: Yes, I have to get on it.
Meg: OK, well, let's go together.
Todd: So, I'll see you Sunday. What time should I be here?
Meg: I have to go to city hall by three p.m., so can you come at two?
Todd: OK, but if you want to go to the dump, the dump closes at noon, so we have to leave early.
Meg: Ah, OK. Can you come at eleven?
Todd: Yes. OK, so I will see you at eleven o'clock.
Meg: Great, see you then.
My friend has car problems.
We use the word problems when we have trouble in some area. Notice the following:
- I have problems at work.
- He is having problems at school.
I have to take him to the mechanic
A mechanic is a person who fixes cars. Notice the following:
- My dad is a mechanic.
- The mechanic fixed my car.
I have to take trash to the dump.
The dump is a place you can take trash for disposal. Notice the following:
- I took my couch to the dump.
- You can smell the dump a mile away.
I have to finish some paperwork
Paperwork is completing documents for official use. Notice the following:
- I have lots of paperwork at my job.
- I hate doing paperwork!
submit a form
submit a form
When you submit a form, you turn in paperwork or documents. Notice the following:
- Did you submit the form?
- You can submit the form online.
get on it
I have to get on it.
When you say you will get on it, that means you will take care of something soon. Notice the following:
- Tomorrow is the deadline. You better get on it.
- I know, I have to get on this.