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There's something about the coming of autumn that encourages deep reflection. What a perfect time, then, to take a serious look at the English language!

This week we bring you a set of expressions that do double-duty in everyday communication. Believe us when we tell you that this is very useful stuff!

Today's Lesson
(RUN AN) ERRAND   お使い(に行く)


  • An errand is a small job that involves making a short trip, such as going to the post office to send a package or picking something up at a store.

    To run an errand is to do a small job of this kind.
  • errand とは、郵便局へ小包を送りに行ったり、お店で何かを買ったりなど、短い外出を含む小さな仕事、つまり、お使いのことです。

    run an errand は、そのような小さな仕事をする、つまり、お使いに行く、という意味です。



  1. I'll be back in a little while. I've got some errands to do.
  2. (seeing a friend at a government office)
    a: What brings you to this part of town? (= Why are you here?)
    b: I'm on an errand for my supervisor.
  3. There's a very cute reality show broadcast on Japanese TV once in a while. It follows small children after their parents send them on their first errand.
  4. (father to daughter)
    I have to run a couple of errands downtown. Do you want to come with me?

英会話レッスンGotta run!