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Had It Up To Here
Had It Up To Here English, baby! Video Lesson

Learn gerunds and infinitives and a new slang phrase

Date: Jan 18 2011

Themes: Soap Opera

Grammar: Gerunds vs. Infinitives


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For most people, frustration is sort of like a bucket filling with water. You can keep putting water in and nothing happens. You stay calm. But all of a sudden, the bucket gets full and overflows. That’s when you get frustrated.

That’s when you can say, “I’ve had it up to here!”

When people say, “I’ve had it up to here,” they often hold their hand at the top of their head as if to show they are filled with frustration.

Lately, Marni has been bothering Beren at the office by making her do extra work. Beren is surely getting frustrated. See what it takes for her to tell Marni that she’s “had it up to here.”

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Marni:  Ella!

Ella:  Yeah?

Marni:  I just wanted to say, I looked over the Johnson file and you did a fabulous job! Exactly what I wanted. Thank you for your hard work. Go ahead and take tomorrow off!

Ella:  No way, really?

Marni:  Absolutely. You’ve earned it!

Ella:  Thank you!

Marni:  Thank you! Now…Beren.

Beren:  Marni.

Marni:  I have a special project for you.

Beren:  Awesome.

Marni:  Yeah. It’s gonna have to start now, and then just go…You’re actually probably gonna have to work late.

Beren:  What? It’s, like, five o’clock!

Marni:  It’s not five o’clock! It’s 4:59! So, here’s what it is. This file drawer is an absolute disaster, as you can see. It needs to be completely reorganized.

Beren:  That’s not even my file drawer!

Marni:  Well, it is now, so.

Beren:  No!

Marni:  It needs to be done! Sorry!

Beren:  Are you kidding me?

Marni:  Yeah, I mean these snacks and tissues need to go. But then, this is all alphabetized, you know, in alphabetic order, and it needs to be by date, so.

Beren:  By date?

Marni:  By date, yeah…

Beren:  That’s gonna take me days!

Marni:  You know what, you can do it.

Beren:  No! Marni, I’m sorry. I’ve had it up to here. It started down low, it’s slowly risen, and now I’m, like, outraged. I can’t take any more. That’s it. You started out, you know, asking me to do little menial things, and I was OK with it for a while. But now, like, no more. I can’t take any more.

Marni:  So, what do you mean…

Beren:  I can’t take it any more! And you can clean up…

Marni:  What?

Beren:  ...your own file cabinet.

Marni:  Are you serious?

Beren:  I’m serious. I’m done. That’s it.

Marni:  So…what do you mean you’re done? You’re done for the day? You’re coming back? What do you think she means by that?

Ella:  Well, alright, I’m just gonna head to the beach now. Bye!

Marni:  I don’t know what to do now…


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After congratulating Ella on some good work and telling her to take a day off, Marni tells Beren that she has to stay late and reorganize a filing cabinet. This, of course, upsets Beren. She tells Marni that she has “had it up to here.” She leaves and says she’s done.

Marni isn’t sure what Beren means when she says that she’s done. Do you think Beren just quit her job? Can you think of a time when you had just “had it up to here”?



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I’ve only had a single “physical” job so far, and I know EXACTLY how it feels like to be treated like that. You start down low and suddenly you’re completely overworked! I’m not used to it and I never want to be! I didn’t think twice when it started happening. I didn’t argue or anything, I just gathered up my things, waited until the end of my shift and said: “_That’s it! I’m not coming back. And no, you don’t owe me anything. Just keep the money and do NOT call me!”
It sucks!

05:16 PM Apr 09 2014 |




This situation is really a sac! If I were her I simply would quit the job out!

There were many times that I’ve had it up to here,the last was when I broke up my relationship…It was really hard to continue with it :(

12:27 PM Mar 21 2012 |




Yes. I experienced it these two days.

I didn't feel that my boss respects me.

He doesn't respect me and doesn't appreciate my hard work.  >"<

03:50 PM Feb 10 2011 |



Yep ,she will not  quit the jog ,bet she will come back in the next episode.

01:20 AM Jan 19 2011 |




I've had it up to here

08:00 PM Jan 18 2011 |




very common and  useful catchphrase

04:53 PM Jan 18 2011 |




i think she wont quit her job…most of the time people say that they are done only bcz of the job stress….

01:54 PM Jan 18 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

hi daer marni why you always annoy beren.

10:16 AM Jan 18 2011 |




I guess eventually Beren has to quit her job…

It happens to everyone, when people argue with their parents, when people break up with their gf/bf… etc.

08:13 AM Jan 18 2011 |



Saudi Arabia

Yes every day when my boss asks me to stay at lunch time to finish some reports that can wait to after lunch but what shuld I do :0

love this slang :)

05:45 AM Jan 18 2011 |

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