Saturday, 27 April 2013

Is There A Butchers Around Here?


This post is about giving information about facilities in the vicinity, and more specifically about the availability of a butchers nearby.


Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or a work colleague. The other person is looking for a butcher's shop. He/ she doesn't know the locality, but believes that you do and says to you something like: "is there a butchers around here?"

In Spanish, the other person could choose to say:
¿Hay una carnicería por aquí?

The question is an invitation for you to say whether or not there are any butchers in the vicinity. A yes/no answer may be strictly sufficient. However, with little effort, your answer could be a lot more informative

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Sí, hay una carnicería cerca de aquí (yes, there is a butchers near here)
  • Sí, hay una carnicería bastante cerca (yes, there is a butchers quite near)
  • Sí, hay una carnicería muy cerca (yes, there is a butchers very near)
  • Sí, hay una carnicería a la vuelta de la esquina (yes, there is a butchers around the corner)
  • Sí, hay una carnicería al otro lado de la calle (yes, there is a butchers on the other side of the street/ road)
  • Sí, hay varias carnicerías bastante cerca (yes, there are several butchers quite near)
  • No, por aquí no hay ninguna carnicería (no, there aren't any butchers around here)
  • No, por aquí no hay carnicerías (no, there are no butchers around here)

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Hay una carnicería por aquí?

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