Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

run a few errands | a few errands to run

a few errandsrun a few errandsa few errands to run
Meaning(s)
1) small jobs that involve going to deliver or collect things
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • send someone out to run a few errands for you
  • Analysis
    An errand is a small journey made to do or collect something usually on behalf of someone else. You can 'run an errand', 'send someone on an errand' or 'do an errand'. If you have a number of such journies to make you might say you 'have a few errands to run'.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. I'm just popping out to run a few errands. I'll be back at lunchtime. 
    2. Instead of going to the shops together, it would be better if I just meet you there because I have a few errands to run in town first. 
    3. I have a few errands to run so I'm going to be home a bit late this evening.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. I'm snowed under with work at the moment, so I sent Claire out to run a few errands for me.
    2. John has a few errands to run in town so he is going to join the meeting a little late.
    3. It would be great if we had an extra pair of hands to run a few errands from time to time.
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