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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #111669: Vocabulary: let's go to the shops
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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 butcher's

            The grocer's= the grocery

             = The grocer                 


         The greengrocer's     

        The dairy shop

        The fishmonger's      


     : 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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    1. “Mom, what do we need to buy for the Christmas dinner?” “No need to go to … The turkey has already been delivered and will be in the oven soon…”

    2. 'Lucy, tell Dad he has to go to . We’ve run out of Uncle Norman’s favourite whisky.”

    3. 'I’ll run to to buy parsnips and sweet potatoes.They’re delicious with turkey.'

    4. “If you could go to in the meantime, you’d buy some French bread and a few fancy buns.”

    5. “Oh no, Mom, I can’t! You had told me to take Jimmy to to have his hair cut.”

    6. “Of course I did… Why not stop at on your way home? We need more chocolate to make the icing for the cake.'

    7. 'Yes, Mom, and I’ll stop at for sour cream to make some of my favourite dipping.

    8. Oh, and I need some more wrapping paper for my present to you… I’ll stop at too'.

    9. 'No need to stop at … Our guests will bring enough sweets for the whole family.'

    10. 'Please, Lucy, can you stop at and make an appointment for a massage for me tomorrow… I’ll really need some relaxing time for myself!'

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