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

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.

Meg: Great.

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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 Maxx 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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