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Explain to me please the difference between "shop", "store" and "market"?
Feb 25, 2018 2:33 PM
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A market is the place were you find local fruits, vegetables, meat or may find sellers everyday in the same place or once a week, they sell products in the streets and have a stand with fresh products.

You may also find clothes market, vintage market, antiquities market...

Shop, is any shop where you go to buy near your home can be the florist, tobacco and newspapers shop, barber shop, shoes shop..generally the owner is a private person who run a business, it should be family runned.

Store: you can find stores everywhere, downtown in the big cities or town..
they are all the big affiliated brands, the multinationals of the clothingindustry for example, they are big companies that manage the world economy
February 25, 2018

I would have given an explanation similar to that of Americo S., but I have noticed that, in many countries, the US for example, 'shop' and 'store' are interchangeable.

We distinguish between the different sizes of stores by referring to 'supermarket' as a larger 'chain' store that usually sells food, and a 'department store' as a very large store, usually in a larger town or city, that sells a wide variety of products.

February 25, 2018

store = a place where they sell stuff

shop = a small store where they sell stuff  ( often owned by a people instead of a company)

market = normally a place where there are a lot of small shops in the same area. 

March 10, 2018

There is a vocabulary difference between British and American English.

"I am going to the store" = American English

 "I am going to the shop" = British English

A "market" is usually outdoors and people sell things on tables or stalls. 

Note: in British English, we do use the word "store" as a verb. For example, we could say "where are we going to store all this food that we have bought?" It means "to keep / to put".

This link may help you.

March 8, 2018


I would like to increase the list of almost "similar" words.

And how about Grocery? What's the difference?

March 8, 2018
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