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Vocabulary: let's go to the shops
At a time when supermarkets, hypermarkets and Shopping Malls, have developed everywhere, it's quite easy for a foreign consumer to find suitable shops or departments where they can find the item needed, witout having to make too much effort to get information. However, in the country and far from big cities, some shop keepers still hoard real treasures in little local shops or even in general shops/stores where almost everything can be found and bought.
It should be remembered that, in English, the name of the shop is often followed by the genitive case (possessive case : 's). This genitive here stands for "shop..."
Ainsi : to bake=> a baker=> the baker's= the baker's shop.
- a grocer=> a grocer's = a grocer's shop = a grocery.
The baker's (shop)
The grocer's= the grocery
= The grocer
|The dairy shop|
: Beware !"Liquor" (refers to all the drinks with alcohol. (wine, beer, whisky, gin, vodka etc.) Their sales are stictly regulated in Anglo-Saxon countries too.
|A tea shop||A coffee shop|
A liquor shop
|A confectionery shop||A pastry shop|
A general shop/store
Far from big cities, general shops are real caves of Ali Baba!
Some shops offer "services" (to have you hair cut - your face cleaned etc.), to buy perfumes, books, writing paper, birthday cards, and medicines, whether they're prescribed by your doctor or not! etc.
The barber's shop
|The hairdresser's||The beauty salon/parlour|
|A pharmacy||A perfumery||A bookshop (and stationer's shop)|
Here are quite a number of different shops... You've seen that some of them have funny or difficult names to remember... (Thus, if you want to buy thread, or needles or sewing material, you should visit a HABERDASHERY !)
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