“Can you grab a flathead screwdriver from my toolbox in the basement?”

English Lesson: Can you grab a flathead screwdriver from my toolbox in the basement?

You're trying to fix a broken DVD player. Your son is watching and helping you. You need a tool, so you ask him to get it for you.

Can you grab a flathead screwdriver from my toolbox in the basement?

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grab (something) (from somewhere)

In casual English, you can sometimes use the word "grab" to mean "get". It means that you want someone to get it and bring it to you.

Here are some other examples of "grab" used in this way:

I'm headed out to grab some lunch. You want me to pick you up something?

Jason, go grab your sister. I need her help with this.

Use "from ___" to tell where the thing that's being grabbed is:

Can you grab my screwdriver from the drawer in the basement?

One other point: "grabbing" something means that you get it quickly. If it's going to take a long time to get something, don't use the word "grab".

a flathead screwdriver

A "screwdriver" is a tool that you use for turning screws. Two common types of screwdrivers are:

  • flathead
  • Phillip's head

A "flathead screwdriver" is shaped flat at the end. You can use it to turn screws that just have a straight line across the top.

A "Phillip's head screwdriver" is pointed at the end, with 4 ridges. You use it to turn screws that have an indentation on top shaped like a plus sign (+).

a toolbox

A "toolbox" is simply a box that contains tools. It might contain:

  • screwdrivers
  • pliers
  • wrenches
  • pliers
  • etc.

the basement

The "basement" of a building is a room or area that's under ground.

A basement can be "finished", meaning that it looks like a normal room, or "unfinished":

We've been thinking about finishing the basement.