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"Grocery" is a noun which is often translated as "el supermercado", and "shopping" is a noun which is often translated as "ir de compras". Learn more about the difference between "grocery" and "shopping" below.
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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. (establishment)
a. el supermercado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I avoid the grocery on Sundays because it is always crowded.Evito el supermercado los domingos porque siempre está lleno de gente.
b. la tienda de comestibles
(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).
Mom saves all her coupons for whenever she goes to the grocery.Mamá guarda todos los cupones para cuando va a la tienda de comestibles.
c. la tienda de abarrotes
(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).
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
I usually make a list of food to buy before going to the grocery.Suelo hacer una lista de alimentos para comprar antes de ir a la tienda de abarrotes.
d. la bodega
(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).
Regionalism used in Cuba
(Cuba)
Regionalism used in Ecuador
(Ecuador)
Regionalism used in Peru
(Peru)
Regionalism used in Venezuela
(Venezuela)
Tell your father to swing by the grocery for eggs on his way home from work.Dile a tu papá que pase por la bodega para comprar huevos de camino a casa.
e. el almacén
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(Southern Cone)
I heard that the grocery that just opened also has a restaurant where you can have lunch.Oí que el almacén que acaba de abrir también tiene un restaurante donde se puede almorzar.
f. el colmado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Puerto Rico
(Puerto Rico)
They say that that grocery has the freshest produce.Se dice que ese colmado tiene las frutas y verduras más frescas.
groceries
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
2. (provisions)
a. los comestibles
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We have to get groceries before the barbecue.Tenemos que comprar comestibles antes de la parrillada.
b. los abarrotes
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The best place to buy Asian groceries is downtown.El mejor lugar para comprar abarrotes de origen asiático es en el centro.
c. el abasto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We buy our groceries on Wednesdays.Compramos el abasto los miércoles.
d. las provisiones
(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 need to buy groceries to take on our camping trip.Hay que comprar provisiones para llevar a acampar.
e. la despensa
(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).
Nobody wants to go out and buy the groceries when it's really cold.Nadie quiere salir a comprar la despensa cuando hace mucho frío.
f. el mandado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Can you help me take the groceries out of the car?¿Me ayudas a bajar el mandado del carro?
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shopping(
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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. (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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