Due

Wait – Hope _ Expect – Look Forward To: Simple English Videos ESL Lesson

Hi Rachel. Hi Rachel. You’re pregnant! Yes, I’m going to have a baby. Oh congratulations! That’s wonderful! Babies are a lot of work. When’s the baby due? Next month. We’re very excited. Get ready for some sleepless nights. Here’s a useful little word that has several different meanings. In this video, you’re going to learn three of them. My baby’s due next month. So use due to say something is expected. It’s useful for talking about arrangements and schedules. Are you coming? Where? We’re due at your mother’s at three. Remember? But the match is due to start. Oh Jay! Jay and I pronounce this word a little differently. Did you notice? Listen again. We’re due at your mother’s at three. Remember? But the match is due to start. Due. Due. Due. Due. Generally speaking, the pronunciation is a little different in American and British English. Due. Due. OK. Let’s look at another meaning of this word. We can use ‘due’ to talk about money that’s owed. Have Patterson’s paid us? No they haven’t. The invoice is due at the end of the month. Don’t worry, they always pay on time. So we use ‘due’ to say when payments are scheduled. And if an invoice or bill needs to be paid immediately, we say it’s due. Can you transfer $10,000 to our checking account? $10,000! Why? The rent, the business loan, the electric bill. They’re all due. OK. So use ‘due’ to talk about scheduled payments. Now money isn’t the only thing we can owe or be owed. I am so tired. Why don’t you take a day off? I’ve used up all my vacation days. Really? I’m due two weeks. You’ve got two weeks coming? Yeah. You lucky thing. I think I’ll go to the beach. If things are owed to us as a right, we can also say they’re due. And it might not be tangible things. For example, we might owe people things like respect and recognition, or credit for doing a good job. Now the final item on the agenda: the sales training course. We’ve had some excellent feedback on this event. It was very well organized. Our thanks are due to Vicki in Philadelphia for organizing it. Thank you very much Craig. Good work Vicki. It looks like you’re due for a promotion. OK everyone. That’s it for this week. See you all next Tuesday. Good, eh? But I organized the sales training course. You told him you did it? So our thanks can be due to people. And people can be due a promotion. We say these things when we think they deserve something as a right. So let’s recap. There’s due in the sense of expected. There’s due in the sense of money that’s due. And there’s due in the sense of something that’s deserved. And if you master these three meanings, you’re due a pat on the back. Come on Vick. What? We’re due at the theater in half an hour. Oh yes. Bye everyone.

6 thoughts on “Due

  • February 2, 2016 at 11:55 am
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    I think you guys are both due for an oscar! Excellent editing and acting, especially by the guy in the suit 🙂

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    • February 4, 2016 at 6:45 pm
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      Ha! That guy in the suit was a star. I want to hire him again!

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  • February 4, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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    Thank you so much, It was insteresting.

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    • February 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm
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      So glad it was interesting Jose. Thank you for writing!

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  • July 16, 2016 at 12:16 pm
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    Our thanks are due to all of you!

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    • July 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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      Thank you Elena!

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