Kinds of Shops
In England, most shops have easy names like 'toy shop' and 'book shop'. But there are a few shops with special names. Here are ten of them that you need to know.
10 expressions to Use In Speaking And Writing:
- Stationer's / Stationery shop
- Ironmonger's / Hardware shop
- Off Licence
- Corner shop
How To Use These Phrases In Your English:
- In 1, a greengrocer's sells fruit and vegetables. Sometimes they sell a few other things like eggs and milk.
- In 2, a butcher's sells meat. Nowadays, most people buy their meat in supermerkets but you can still find a traditional butchers shop in most large towns.
- In 3, a baker's sells bread and cakes and usually they make them in the same building.
- In 4, a chemist's is where you go to buy drugs. We use the word 'pharmacy' sometimes in the UK, but we never say 'drug store'.
- In 5, a stationer's is a shop that sells, paper, pencils, pens, printer cartridges and things for an office.
- In 6, and ironmonger's is a shop that sells, nails, screws, tools and other heavy metal things. They also sell paint, glue and other useful things for the home.
- In 7, a florist's is a shop that sells flowers. Most good florists also sell plants in pots and can send flowers to someone in another city.
- In 8, we go to a newsagent's to buy newspapers and magazines. They also usually sell cigarettes and sweets.
- In 9, an off licence is the place you go to buy alcohol. They often sell cigarettes and snacks as well.
- In 10, a corner shop is like a small supermarket where you can buy all sorts of food, drink, stationery but it is more expensive than a supermarket would be. Corner shops are usually in residential areas.