Elizabeth: Would you drop this dress off at the dry cleaner for me?
Matthew: Okay, but it’s a little out of my way. Can I do it tomorrow?
Elizabeth: Yes, but if you take it today, I’ll be able to pick it up on Saturday morning. I’d like to have it in time for the wedding.
Matthew: Wedding? What wedding?
Elizabeth: Don’t you remember? Your niece Sylvia is going to get married on Saturday.
Matthew: Oh, no! That’s the day of the championship football game. I had to buy tickets a month in advance.
Elizabeth: That’s too bad, but surely you can see that the wedding is more important. Sylvia is going to get married only once—we hope!
- drop off: to take someone or something to a particular place
- out of one’s way: Not convenient for or easily reached by one; not along one’s route.
- pick up: to lift someone or something using your hands
- in time: early enough
- in advance: if you do something in advance, you do it in preparation for a particular time