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Verbs and Phrasal Verbs to do with Shopping

Many verbs have different meanings, however this section deals with verbs and phrasal verbs connected with shopping. An example is provided only where the verb is commonly used in everyday conversation.

At lease one irregular verb in bold is shown in all its forms.

Verbs

The Verb (infinitive form) The Meaning An example
( Simple Past Tense)
Regular
/Irregular
To buy To acquire something by paying a sum of money. He bought me some beautiful flowers Irregular
To pay To make payment (for) goods or services. He paid with his credit card. Regular
To purchase To obtain goods by payment (often used in business). The company purchased 200 new computers. Regular
to sell To give or hand over (something) in exchange for money. The company sells a huge range of items. Irregular
To shop To visit the shops in search of goods. Yesterday I shopped all over town, but couldn't find anything. Regular
To spend To pay out money for something. I spent far too much last week on clothes. Irregular

Phrasal Verbs

The Phrasal Verb The Meaning An example
( Simple Past Tense)
S=Separable
I=Inseparable
pay for The act of giving money for something. He paid for the newspaper with cash. I
sell off To dispose of supplies by selling them (usually cheaply). The cordorouy trousers weren't selling so the manager sold them off cheaply. S
sell out To dispose of supplies by selling them completely. The jeans were so popular that they sold out in 10 minutes. I
try on Put on an article of clothing to see if it fits. I tried a nice dress on yesterday, but it didn't fit. S

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