Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Is There A Drugstore Around Here?


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


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

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

The question is an invitation for you to say whether or not there are any drugstores 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 droguería cerca de aquí (yes, there is a drugstore near here)
  • Sí, hay una droguería bastante cerca (yes, there is a drugstore quite near)
  • Sí, hay una droguería muy cerca (yes, there is a drugstore very near)
  • Sí, hay una droguería a la vuelta de la esquina (yes, there is a drugstore around the corner)
  • Sí, hay una droguería al otro lado de la calle (yes, there is a drugstore on the other side of the street/ road)
  • Sí, hay varias droguerías bastante cerca (yes, there are several drugstores quite near)
  • No, por aquí no hay ninguna droguería (no, there aren't any drugstores around here)
  • No, por aquí no hay droguerías (no, there are no drugstores around here)

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

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