Phrasal verbs are a great way to improve your English communication skills. They will help you sound more natural and you will be able to understand native speakers more easily. In this lesson you will learn 5 phrasal verbs that you can use to talk about shopping!

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Shopping Phrasal Verbs – Talk About Shopping

pick up…

Definition: to buy something.  [separable / transitive]

When we are talking about shopping, this is just another way to say buy. You can just swap the words in a sentence and it will make sense.

 

Here are some examples:

  • I just picked up the new Fifa game. Do you wanna play?
  • I wanted to pick up some new shoes but I didn’t find any that I liked.
  • Did you pick some milk up this morning?

 

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Pop In/into…

Definition: to visit a place for a short time to complete a specific action [Inseparable / transitive]

If you just want to buy one specific thing and then leave, then this shopping phrasal verb is really useful.

 

This is how you can use this idiom:

  • I popped into the convenience store on the way home from work to get some bread.
  • I am going to pop into the supermarket to get something for dinner.
  • I’m at the mall. Are you going to pop in and see me?

 

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Splash out…

Definition: to buy something even though it is very expensive. [Inseparable / transitive]

When you need to make a big purchase that is expensive, you can use this shopping phrasal verb.

 

Check out these examples:

  • I just splashed out on the new iPhone!
  • He said he is really going to splash out on something great for my birthday!
  • Wow! It looks like you really splashed out on clothes at the mall today

 

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Try on/out

Definition: To test something. [separable/transitive]

These both have the same meaning but it depends on the item you are testing. If it is clothing, we use try on, but if it is something like a camera, we use try out.

 

Here are some examples:

  • I want to try out some new laptops before I buy one. Let’s pop into that shop over there.
  • I picked out some new shoes and tried them on in the store.
  • Excuse me? Where is the changing room? I want to try these clothes on before I buy them.

 

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Shop around…

Definition: to check different options/places/models for the best deal/price [Inseparable/intransitive]

If you are comparing different options from different shops to get the best price, then this shopping phrasal verb is going to be very useful for you.

 

Here are some examples:

  • I’m not planning to buy anything today, I’m just shopping around.
  • I’m shopping around for the best deal on a new camera.
  • Are you going to shop around first or are you just going to buy the first one you see?

 

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