511 – Using DRAG

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Hey guys it’s Michael here from Happy English and I’m back with another podcast English lesson. It’s really hot and muggy here in the Big Apple. We call this weather the dog days of summer. We use the Dog Days of summer to mean hot, sultry, humid weather. But did you know? This phrase comes from old Greek and Roman astrology. It seems that during the month of August, the sun is in the same part of the sky as the star named Sirius, which happens to be the brightest star we can see. That star is in the constellation called Canis Major, or in English, the Greater Dog. The ancient Romans believed that in addition to the hot summer sun, this star from the greater Dog also gave off heat! Stick with me, guys! You can learn a lot here.

Well, I hope my astrology lesson wasn’t a drag! A drag! The other day, one of my students asked me about the word drag. It got me thinking that we have a number of different ways that we can use drag as a verb, as noun, and even idioms and phrasal verbs. So, let’s check it out!

Here are the example sentences. To get the details of this English lesson, you need to listen to the podcast or check the transcript for the details.

  • The wheels on Jane’s suitcase broke, so she dragged it across the airport floor.
  • The old file cabinet is too heavy to lift so we need to drag it out of the office.
  • I dragged the mattress up the stairs and put it in the closet.
  • My wife drags me to the shopping mall every weekend.
  • Jane dragged her boyfriend to go to brunch on Sunday.
  • There’s no way you’re going to drag me to that game. I’m not interested in sports.
  • It’s really hard to drag myself out of bed on Monday mornings.
  • I have a toothache and I’m going to have to drag myself to the dentist office.
  • If you don’t want that document just drag it to the trash bin.
  • You can use a right click on the mouse to drag something across your desktop.
  • It was a rainy day and the coffee shop was really slow, so the day really dragged.
  • The problems between Jim and his brother have dragged on for many years.
  • The bosses speech dragged on for over an hour.
  • The construction company is dragging the job out just to make more money.
  • You need to put a little more effort into studying so don’t drag it out.
  • Jack always drags out any job that he doesn’t like doing.
  • Going to the motor vehicle office is a drag.
  • Our weekly meetings have become a drag. I think we should do them once a month.
  • I like to cook, but washing dishes is a drag.
  • I asked the boss for some vacation time and he’s dragging his feet about the answer.
  • The government is dragging their feet about the new sales tax reduction.
  • I think the bank is dragging their feet about my loan application. I’m going to try a different bank.

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