Sunday, 5 May 2013

Is There A Greengrocers Around Here?


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


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

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

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

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

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