English Lesson & Quiz: Shopping Vocabulary

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We use "For Sale" when we sell a house or a car

Macy’s was having a sale yesterday, so I went there after work. It seemed like almost everything was on sale. I found a nice sweater that I liked. It was on sale too. It is usually $125, but it was 50% off! I just had to have it! The clerk said that the sweater was final sale, so I cannot return. Final sale means the store won’t give refunds, and you can’t exchange or return what you buy, so you need to be careful!

Here are the key expressions and vocabulary for today’s lesson:

a sale / on sale / for sale / 50% off / clerk / staff / refund / return / exchange

Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at today’s lesson and then take the quiz to check your understanding.

  • Stores have a sale. A sale is a special event where items in the store have a cheaper price than usual. We use the structure [store] has a sale, like “Macy’s is having a sale today.”
  • Items in a store can be on sale. This means that some certain item has a cheaper price than usual. We use the structure [item] is on sale, like “All sweaters are on sale today.”
  • When something is for sale, it means you can buy it. The owner of the thing wants to sell it. We often see signs on cars and houses that are for sale. Since we generally use for sale on a sign, we  use the structure [Item] For Sale, like, “Car For Sale” or just “For Sale.” In a sentence you can say something like, “I saw a car for sale today.”
  • To talk about a discounted price, we often use a percentage off, like 50% off. The structure is [item] is OO% off like, “This sweater was 50% off today.”
  • The person who works in a store that sells clothes, make up, shoes, etc. is a sales clerk, or just clerk. A clerk can help you shop and also works at the register. Other stores, like supermarkets, grocery stores, etc. have cashiers. A cashier works at the register only, and doesn’t help you shop.
  • When you are not happy with what you bought you may want to return it. Return means bring back to the store. For example, I will return this sweater. It is too big.  
  • When you buy something, and realize it is the wrong color or size, you may want to exchange it. Exchange means change something for something else. The structure is exchange [A] for [B].
  • When you return something, the store will refund your money. Refund means give money back. For example, “I would like to return this sweater. Is it possible to get a refund?”

*So, the customer returns the items, and the store refunds the customer’s money. The customer’s action is return. The clerk’s action is refund.

Are you ready to check your knowledge? Try today’s quiz, and then happy shopping!

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