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Is there any difference between grocery store and supermarket?

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I have heard the word "grocery store" from TV series, movies and news many times. It rarely use in Thailand. In fact, I never heard Thai people say this word. We usually say "supermarket" when we refer to a place likes Safeway, Aldi or SuperValu.

I want to know, what is the difference between them? Which one sound more common or use more often in your country?

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    Although in common usage the words are used as though they are the same, the distinction between them is size. Grocery store is a general term. While a supermarket is a grocery store, a grocery store is not always a supermarket. A supermarket is very large and usually has a variety of departments that wouldn't be found in a smaller grocery store; pharmacy, post office, fast food, walk-in clinic, etc.

    I hope that helps. :)

    Jack

     

    Grocery stores are big or little. Supermarkets are grocery stores.

    Supermarkets are only large.

    A grocery store is usually smaller than a supermarket [ In Australia]

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