Thursday, 20 October 2011

Where Are The Shops?

SCENARIO

Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a colleague. You tell him/ her that you want/ need to go to the shops. Your relative, friend or colleague does not know how far the shops are or how long you might be away. He/ she decides to ask the question: "where are the shops?". 

He/ she could say:
¿Dónde están las tiendas?




OUR TIP

There are a variety of different ways in which this question could be answered. How you would answer depends mainly on how you would like to describe how far away the shops are. Perhaps you want to choose between saying that the shops are:
  • Nearby
  • In the town centre/ downtown
  • Ten minutes away on foot
  • Five minutes away by car

Here are some examples which deal with those basic possibilities:
  • Las tiendas están muy cerca (the shops are very near)
  • Las tiendas están en el centro (the shops are in the town centre/ downtown)
  • Las tiendas están a diez minutos a pie (the shops are ten minutes on foot)
  • Las tiendas están a cinco minutos en coche (the shops are five minutes by car)

Now you should practice answering the question:
¿Dónde están las tiendas?


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