Shopping: Trying Clothes On

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When you are shopping for clothes you need to see if they fit properly. To do this say, “Can I try this/these on?” to the shop assistant.

Whether you use ‘this’ or ‘these’ depends on if there is more than one. If there is more than one, say ‘these’. Remember that trousers/pants/jeans/etc. are talked about as if they are plural. If you want to talk about them in the singular form, say ‘this pair of trousers/pants/jeans/etc.’

After you have tried your clothes on, they will ask, “Is it OK?” or “Is everything all right?”

If you like the clothes, say, “Yes, I’ll take it/them.”

If the clothes don’t fit, say, “It’s/they’re too tight/baggy.” or “It’s/they’re not big/small enough.”

If the clothes fit but you don’t like them, say, “I don’t think the colour suits me.”

Have a look at the Topshop and Topman websites to help understand clothing vocabulary.

How to Shop Online in English

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You can shop online using your own language but sometimes you want to buy something that is only on sale from an English website. It isn’t difficult to shop online in English but it is sometimes tricky to understand what to do. Remember only to use websites you trust.

Choose the item

Choose the item you want to buy. Make sure you choose the right colour (‘color’ on American websites) and size.

Check out

On every website there’s a check out or check-out link. This is where you finally buy the item, like taking it to the cashier in a ‘real’ shop.

First, you will need to sign up (join) with an email address, maybe a username and password. You will need to give your address, too. Some websites do not deliver internationally.

Pay for your goods

You’ll need a credit card. Here are some diagrams with the information you need.

Card number, Expiry date, Cardholder's name

Sometimes the expiry date is called the ‘Expiration date‘ or is labelled ‘Expires‘.

You’ll also need the security code which is the last three numbers on the back of your card on the signature strip.

Security number/security code. The last three digits of the number on the back of your card.

If you use a Visa or Mastercard, your card company may ask you more questions in your own language.

Give the delivery address

You need to write your address or the person you want to deliver it to. As I said above, some websites do not deliver internationally. Other websites that sell very expensive items may only deliver to the cardholder’s address.

You might also choose your delivery options, such as express delivery or cheap delivery.

Check your information

Next, make sure you have the right address, the right card information, the right price and also the right item, colour and size and number of the item.

Proceed, and wait

Your item should arrive soon and you should get an email to tell you when it will arrive.