Out of painkillers
Listen a mother and her daughter on the phone. The mother is asking her daughter to go to the chemist's and buy some painkillers.
Fast forward: more slowly / normal speed
Daughter: Are you still getting the headaches?
Mum: They come and go.
Daughter: Don't forget to mention it to Dr. Klay when you see him.
Mum: It's nothing a couple more painkillers won't clear.
Daughter: Yeah, but it's best to check. But, anyway, I'd better go.
Mum: Oh, I'm out of painkillers. Could you pick some up when you're at the chemist's? You could drop them off on your way back to work.
Daugter: I'll try and pop in but I can't promise. And I won't be able to stay.
|I'm out of painkillers|
|Meaning||The painkillers are finished.|
|Examples||We need to go shopping, because we're out of bread.|
|Particle||Out sometimes means that something is finished. The verb run out is very similar: I've run out of painkillers would be the same.|
|Could you pick some up?|
|Meaning||She's asking her daughter to buy some painkillers.|
|Examples||Keys must be picked up and returned to the Area Office during regular office hours.|
|Particle||Up means preparing, starting, creating.|
|You could drop them off|
|Meaning||Stop at her mother's and give her the keys|
|Examples||Did you drop the keys off with Mel?|
|Particle||Off means departure. Letting something go.|
|I'll try and pop in|
|Meaning||Pay a short visit|
|Examples||I only popped in to say hello.|
|Particle||In means come into the house.|