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"Buying" is a noun which is often translated as "la compra", and "shopping" is a noun which is often translated as "ir de compras". Learn more about the difference between "buying" and "shopping" below.
buying(
bay
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ihng
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (purchase)
a. la compra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The company will allocate funds for the buying of several properties.La empresa va a destinar fondos para la compra de varias propiedades.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (purchasing)
a. de compras
Larry works in the buying department.Larry trabaja en el departamento de compras.
b. adquisitivo
The buying potential of people living in rural areas has greatly improved with the internet.Las posibilidades adquisitivas de la gente que vive en zonas rurales han mejorado mucho con el internet.
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shopping(
shap
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ihng
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (purchasing of goods)
a. ir de compras
Shopping is one of her favorite activities.Ir de compras es una de sus actividades favoritas.
2. (grocery shopping)
a. la compra
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We usually do the weekly shopping at a supermarket outside of town.Solemos hacer la compra de la semana en un supermercado que queda fuera de la ciudad.
3. (purchased groceries) (United Kingdom)
a. las compras
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I've left the shopping in the kitchen.He dejado las compras en la cocina.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (used for shopping)
a. de la compra
Do you have your shopping list with you?¿Llevas la lista de la compra?
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