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In this lesson we will talk about the phrasal verb ‘run out’.
Stephen: Hello. Today we’ll talk about the phrasal verb ‘run out’.
Dean: Americans use a lot of phrasal verbs, right?
Stephen: Yes. To ‘run out’ means to use all of something so that there is none left. It happens all the time with my money. I always run out of money before the end of the month.
Dean: I know what you mean, man. By the way, can I borrow a few bucks?
Stephen: Haha, very funny, Dean. When I run out of money, I visit my mom.
Dean: Yesterday, I ran out of gas on my way to my mom’s house, so I’m broke.
Stephen: Well, we need to learn how to control our expenses.
Dean: Can we use ‘run out’ for other things?
Stephen: Sure. For example, I was taking a test last week and I ran out of time.
Dean: So, you didn’t finish it?
Stephen: That’s right. I didn’t have time to answer all the questions.
Dean: I see. So, I can say that when I run out of eggs or milk, I make a list of these things so I’ll remember to buy more.
Stephen: That’s a perfect example. And since I’ve run out of examples, let’s now listen to some conversations.
Dean: Good idea.
Clarice: Good morning, dad. Where’s the orange juice?
Thomas: We ran out last night and I haven’t had time to buy more.
Clarice: Can I borrow your car and go buy some?
Thomas: Sure. The keys are on the coffee table in the living room.
Clarice: Do we need anything else?
Thomas: Check the fridge and see if we’ve run out of butter, and check in the pantry if we’ve run out of cereal.
Clarice: Dad. Can you believe the supermarket ran out of orange juice?
Thomas: No way!!! What kind of store runs out of O.J.?
Clarice: I know. But at least they hadn’t run out of cereal, so I got some.
Thomas: Clarice!! Why didn’t you tell me you ran out of medication?
Clarice: I didn’t want to upset you…
Thomas: Honey, I’ll worry more if you don’t tell me when you run out. I know that sometimes I run out of patience with you, but this is very serious. Always tell me when you run out, okay?
Clarice: Ok, dad. I promise.