Changing room / Fitting room – a room in which you can put on clothes before buying them
Price tag – a piece of paper with a price
Receipt – a bill
Refund – an amount of money that is returned to you when you are not happy with a product or service that you have bought
Size – how large or small something is
Shopper – someone buying things at a store
Discount store – a shop in which goods are sold at cheap prices
Shopping list – a list of all the things that you want to buy when you go shopping
Check out – the place in a store where you pay for your goods
Try on – putting clothes on to find out whether they fit
Exchange – change one thing for another
Afford – if you have enough money to buy something and you are able to afford it
Suit – to be fitted to, to befit
department store – a shop that sells many different items in different departments. Harrods is probably the world’s best-known department store.
supermarket – a large shop that sells mostly food and household items.
grocer (UK) / grocery store (US) – a shop that sells food.
greengrocer – sells fresh fruit and vegetables.
butcher – sells fresh meat.
baker – sells fresh bread and cakes.
fishmonger – sells fresh fish.
chemist (UK) / drugstore (US) – sells medicines and toiletries.
pharmacy (US) – sells medicines.
newsagent – sells newspapers and magazines.
stationer – sells paper goods.
optician – sells glasses / contact lenses.
DIY store – sells things for home improvement.
hardware shop / hardware store / ironmonger – hard goods, such as nails and screws.
corner shop (UK) – a shop on the corner of your street, selling a range of basic goods – food, newspapers, sweets, bread, etc.
delicatessen (deli) – sells specialist food not normally found in supermarkets. For example, an Italian deli, an Asian deli.
bookshop / bookstore – books.
market – market traders (people who work on a market) have stalls that sell fruit and vegetables, clothes, household items and so on.
petshop – for pets and pet food.
flea market – a group of stalls selling old furniture or clothes.
tea shop (UK) – like a cafe, but sells tea and cakes.
petrol station (UK) / gas station (US) sells petrol, car products and sometimes food.
Phrasal Verbs for Shopping
TRY ON (to test an item to see if it is suitable)
- Can I try these dresses on somewhere please?
TRY OUT (to test something to see if you like it)
- I’d like to try out this lipstick colour please, do you have a tester for it?
THROW ON (to wear something casually)
- I’m looking for a simple, comfortable dress that I can just throw on.
DROP IN (to visit someone casually)
- Drop in during your lunch break when you have more time, and I’ll help you find the right pair of shoes for you.
POUR IN (enter in high quantity)
- The supermarket was so busy over the Christmas weekend. The customers startedpouring in, as soon as the doors opened!
POP IN (to visit someone, informal)
- I’ll book you an appointment, and you can pop in for a consultation with one of our opticians.
BROUGHT IN (to make something new for the first time)
- We have brought in a brand new summer collection now, so the old winter range is on sale.
CAVE IN (to surrender or give up to persuasion)
- The shop assistant was so convincing that this dress was the best one for me, that Icaved in and bought it, even though it was so expensive!
THROW IN/CHUCK IN (to include in addition to something – ‘chuck’ is more informal than throw)
- If you buy this laptop, I’ll chuck in a free laptop case for you.
END UP (to finally make a decision abut something, after lengthy consideration)
- I couldn’t decide which one to buy, so I ended up buying both of them
COME UP (when something is approaching/arriving)
- I need to buy a gift for my friend, his birthday is coming up.
TAKE UP (to choose to start doing something new)
- I’m thinking of taking up the violin, could you buy one for my next birthday, please?
POP OUT (to leave to go somewhere for a short time)
- I’m just going to pop out to the cash machine, could you save these items for me, please?
- I’m just popping out to buy some bread and milk from the local store.
OPT OUT (to choose not to be a part of something)
- They gave me the option of getting everything on credit, but I opted out because I prefer buying things upfront, then being in debt.
RULE OUT (to decide that something is not suitable / remove something from a list of options)
- I’m not sure which laptop to buy. I think I’ll rule out this one because it’s too expensive. Now I just have to decide between these two.
PHASE OUT (to gradually remove something from existence in one place)
- Sorry, we don’t sell those anymore. We phased them out last year because they weren’t very popular.
SELL OUT (to sell the whole supply of something)
- I’m afraid all those watches have sold out now; they were very popular over Christmas!
HELP OUT (to assist someone)
- Could you help me out please? I can’t do the zip up on this dress!
- Could you do the zip up on this dress for me, please?
STAND OUT (to be distinctive or more noticeable than others)
- This sweater stands out from the rest. I love the vibrant colours!
WALK OUT ON (to abandon someone angrily)
- I was so disappointed with their service, that I just walked out on them, and I didn’t pay!
PAY OFF (to pay back all you owe)
- I have finally paid off all the money I owed on my credit card! It’s such a relief!
PULL OFF (to succeed in doing something difficult)
- Wow, not many people can pull off that outfit, but you look stunning in it!
TOP OFF (to end or finish something in a special way)
- I got an amazing deal on this computer, and to top it off, they gave me an extra three years free warranty!!
RIP OFF (to charge someone excessively)
- They ripped you off! I bought that for half the price in a different store!
GIVE BACK (to return something)
- I’ll have to give this ring back to Tom, because he broke off the engagement.
TAKE BACK (to decide on returning something in the near future)
- I’m going to take this back to the store, and see if I can get a different colour.
PAY BACK (to pay what you owe)
- If you get our loyalty card now, you won’t have to pay the whole amount today, instead you can pay us back in installments each month.
TALK OVER (to discuss something before making a decision)
- I do love this sofa, but I’ll need to talk it over with my wife before committing to buying it.