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2. Study the following dialogues. The first one is between Mrs. Smith and her younger son John. The second is between Mrs. Smith and a shop assistant.

A. It’s Saturday morning and Mrs. Smith is going shopping.

Mrs. S: John, I’m going to the shops. Is there anything you want?
John: Yes, please! Can you pick up my magazine from the newsagent’s?
Mrs. S: Of course. Do you want to come with me?
John: No way, I’m going round to Mike’s house, sorry.
Mrs. S: No problem. I’ll be about an hour, be home by 5 o’clock at the latest.
John: O.K. I’ll see you later.
A bit later......
Mrs. S: John, are you home?
John: Yes, mum, I’m upstairs.
Mrs. S: Come down here, I bought you a new Nike T-shirt, I want you to try it on.
John: Nike? Great I’m coming!
A few minutes later.....
Mrs. S: Well, does it fit?
John: I think it’s a bit too small.
Mrs. S: Let’s have a look. Hmmm, I think you’ve grown again!
John: I can’t wear it though.
Mrs. S: Do you like it?
John: Yeah, it’s a nice colour.
Mrs. S: I’ll take it back to the supermarket and see if I can change it.

B. Mrs. Smith had bought a nice new T-shirt for John, but when he tried it on it didn’t fit. It’s Saturday evening and Mrs. Smith has to return the T-shirt.

Mrs. S: Excuse me, can you help me?
Shop assistant: Yes, of course, what can I do for you?
Mrs. S: I bought this T-shirt for my son this afternoon, but it doesn’t fit him, it’s too small.
Shop assistant: Do you want to change it or get a refund?
Mrs. S: I’d like to change it for a larger size. Do you have these in large?
Shop assistant: I’ll just check. Let’s see, yes, we have large or extra large, which would you prefer?
Mrs. S: I think large will be fine, it’s for my son.
Shop assistant: That’s fine, if it doesn’t fit just bring it back again. If you take it to the customer service desk, they’ll sort it all out for you.
Mrs. S: Thank you. Just as a matter of interest, do you give refunds?
Shop assistant: Yes, of course. You can bring any clothing items back up to three weeks after purchase, but you must keep the receipt.
Mrs. S: I see, thanks again.
Shop assistant: You’re welcome.

3. Explain the meaning of the following words and collocations.

to do the shopping to go to shops in order to but the things that you need regularly such as food
to go shopping to go to shops to look at and buy things, often for enjoyment
to shop around to go to several different shops comparing goods and their prices before deciding which ones to buy
to get to get something by buying it, especially ordinary things such as food, clothes, or things for your house
shopping centre / mall a specially-built large covered area where there are a lot of shops
department store a large shop which is divided into several parts, each of which sells one type of thing, for example men’s clothes, children’s toys, or kitchen equipment
supermarket; grocery store a large shop that sells food and other things that people regularly need
goods movable articles (e.g. clothes, food, etc.) which can be owned, bought, or sold
customer someone who buys goods or services
purchase 1) buying; 2) an act of buying; 3) an article that has just been bought
bargain something bought or offered cheaply
refund repayment

4. Express the following in one word.

stall, shop/store, chemist’s/drugstore, market, kiosk, greengrocer’s, baker’s, butcher’s

1 a building where goods are sold to the public

2 a place outside where you can go to buy things

3 a table, especially outdoors, where goods are sold

4 a small hut on a street that sells things such as newspapers, cigarettes, and drinks

5 a shop selling vegetables and fruit

6 a shop where medical goods are sold

7 a shop where meat is sold

8 a shop where bread is sold

5. Fill in the correct word from the list below. Some words may be used more than once.

stall, buying, shopping, goods, shopping mall, shelves, markets
  1. On Saturdays we usually do the ... and clean the car.
  2. Renaissance Centre is a huge steel and glass ... in downtown Detroit.
  3. This shop sells a variety of ... .
  4. I really like that tie – I was thinking of ... it for my husband for his birthday.
  5. The ... tend to be cheaper, especially for fruit and vegetables.
  6. Janet has a fruit and veg ... on the market.
  7. There’s an ever greater variety of goods to be found on supermarket ... .
  8. I’m just going ... . Do you want anything?
  9. I did all my ... yesterday.
  10. You’ve been ... a lot of clothes recently. Have you decided to change your image?

6. Act out the following dialogues.

A. Gifts

Jonathan : Dorothy, what are your plans for Christmas?
Dorothy : Oh yes, it’s almost Christmas, isn’t it. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing then.
Jonathan : Well, if you don’t have any plans, you family could have dinner at my house.
Dorothy : That’s very nice of you, thanks. Have you finished your shopping yet?
Jonathan : No, I still have to do that. I think I’ll go to the mall this weekend.
Dorothy : It’s going to be really crowded at the mall. You should shop online.
Jonathan : You’re right. My family loves to read, so I can probably get them all presents from Amazon.com.
Dorothy : What do you think you’ll get for your wife?
Jonathan : Probably, a romance novel. It seems like she’s always reading one of those.
Dorothy : Don’t you think you should get her something a little more expensive, like jewelry or maybe a new computer?
Jonathan : Maybe you’re right. It’s hard buying gifts. I think my wife has everything she wants. Maybe I should just ask her.

B. Buying a shirt

Dan : Excuse me.
Maria : Hello sir, may I help you?
Dan : Yes. Can I see that shirt on the top shelf, please?
Maria : Sure. Here it is.
Dan : How much does it cost?
Maria : 50 dollars.
Dan : 50 dollars. That’s too much.
Maria : Howabout this one? It’s on sale for only 35 dollars.
Dan : I don’t like that one.
Maria : How about the one next to the black gloves? It’s very similar to the one you like.
Dan : That’s nice. How much is it?
Maria : 30 dollars.
Dan : That’ll be fine.
Maria : Is this color OK, or would you like a different color?
Dan : That blue one’s fine.
Maria : Do you need any more of these shirts?
Dan : Yes.
Maria : How many do you want?
Dan : I’ll take two more, a red one and a white one.

7. Study the following quotes about shopping and discuss which ones you most, or least, agree with.


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