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1. To take someone somewhere by car. “could you drop me off at the station, do you think?”
2. To deliver something. “Jeff dropped this letter off for you”
3. To become weaker, smaller or lower in value or level. “his concentration drops off after lunch”
4. To doze off. “I missed that. I dropped off to sleep for a moment”
5. When something is attached and then falls off. “the wing mirror just dropped off my car!”

Transcript for #15

This is Luke from Luke’s English Podcast. This year I’m teaching you a phrasal verb every day.

Today’s phrasal verb is TO DROP OFF



This has got about five meanings. One of these means to take somebody somewhere in a car – to take someone somewhere in a car. For example, your friend has come round to visit you, and you’ve had a few cups of tea, and your friend has to go home. He’s going to go to the station to get a train home, and he says to you:

– “Could you DROP me OFF at the station?”

meaning – “could you take me to the station by car?”

– “Could you DROP me OFF at the station?” or

– “Could you DROP the kids OFF at school tomorrow? Do you think?”

– “Could you DROP the kids OFF at school tomorrow? Do you think?”

TO DROP someone OFF

– “Could you DROP me OFF at the station?”

– “Could you DROP the kids off at the station?”

[SPK1] – “How did you get here?”
[SPK2] – “Oh, Jeff just DROPPED me OFF in his car”

So, alright, to take someone somewhere in a car.

Another one is – to take something to a place, like deliver it and not stay there very long.

For example:

– “I’ve just DROPPED it OFF at Jeff’s house”

– “Jeff came by and he just DROPPED it OFF for you. It’s a letter”

Okay? TO DROP something OFF.

Another one is to become weaker or smaller.

For example:

– “You know, my energy level tends to DROP OFF after lunch. I find it hard to concentrate after lunch, you know, and sometimes I just, sort of DOZE OFF for a moment in front of a computer”

Another one actually is DROP OFF sometimes means DOZE OFF.

[SPK1] – “Did you just DROP OFF for a second?”
[SPK2] – “Yeah, I did. I’m really sleepy” for example.

…and finally, number five TO DROP OFF means when something used to be fixed to something else – falls off and hits the floor. For example, if you’ve got a very old car, the wing mirror might DROP OFF. You know, if it’s like a really really old car, like, I don’t know, like Mister Bean’s car, for example, it’s so old, he’s driving along and the wing mirror just DROPS OFF, for example.

Okay. That’s it.

There will be another one of these tomorrow.

So, for now, it’s bye bye bye