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The day before yesterday I think, my daughter asked me where we arewere going and since I was not planning to do the weekly shopping on that day and I just wanted to buy some stuff from two stores, I said offhand we are going to the shops! Looking back, it seems when I don't find a NAmE word I turn to UK if I know of.

So what do you say when:

  1. go shopping (it's just go shopping!)
  2. you go to buy something specific; I mean you're not going shopping, and it's usually found in any store. You don't have to shop around.
  3. when you want to buy check non grocery or clothing stuff, maybe a can of paint and a spare part tofor your car together.

I have found some kind of answer for this question on this page, but I prefer to get a clear answer to my points above, and also if you agree with this native speaker about using store in singular form not plural:

Just as a side note, we don't use the plural in American English. "I'm going to the store" (even if I may visit several stores), not "I'm going to the stores". (If we know we are going to several stores I think it would be more likely to say "I'm going shopping" or even "I'm going downtown" in smaller towns.)

The day before yesterday I think, my daughter asked me where we are going and since I was not planning to do the weekly shopping on that day and I just wanted to buy some stuff from two stores, I said offhand we are going to the shops! Looking back, it seems when I don't find a NAmE word I turn to UK if I know of.

So what do you say when:

  1. go shopping (it's just go shopping!)
  2. you go to buy something specific; I mean you're not going shopping, and it's usually found in any store. You don't have to shop around.
  3. when you want to buy check non grocery or clothing stuff, maybe a can of paint and a spare part to your car together.

I have found some kind of answer for this question on this page, but I prefer to get a clear answer to my points above, and also if you agree with this native speaker:

Just as a side note, we don't use the plural in American English. "I'm going to the store" (even if I may visit several stores), not "I'm going to the stores". (If we know we are going to several stores I think it would be more likely to say "I'm going shopping" or even "I'm going downtown" in smaller towns.)

The day before yesterday I think, my daughter asked me where we were going and since I was not planning to do the weekly shopping on that day and I just wanted to buy some stuff from two stores, I said offhand we are going to the shops! Looking back, it seems when I don't find a NAmE word I turn to UK if I know of.

So what do you say when:

  1. go shopping (it's just go shopping!)
  2. you go to buy something specific; I mean you're not going shopping, and it's usually found in any store. You don't have to shop around.
  3. you want to buy non grocery or clothing stuff, maybe a can of paint and a spare part for your car together.

I have found some kind of answer for this question on this page, but I prefer to get a clear answer to my points above, and also if you agree with this native speaker about using store in singular form not plural:

Just as a side note, we don't use the plural in American English. "I'm going to the store" (even if I may visit several stores), not "I'm going to the stores". (If we know we are going to several stores I think it would be more likely to say "I'm going shopping" or even "I'm going downtown" in smaller towns.)

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I'm going to the SHOPS vs I'm going to the STORE (UK vs. US)

The day before yesterday I think, my daughter asked me where we are going and since I was not planning to do the weekly shopping on that day and I just wanted to buy some stuff from two stores, I said offhand we are going to the shops! Looking back, it seems when I don't find a NAmE word I turn to UK if I know of.

So what do you say when:

  1. go shopping (it's just go shopping!)
  2. you go to buy something specific; I mean you're not going shopping, and it's usually found in any store. You don't have to shop around.
  3. when you want to buy check non grocery or clothing stuff, maybe a can of paint and a spare part to your car together.

I have found some kind of answer for this question on this page, but I prefer to get a clear answer to my points above, and also if you agree with this native speaker:

Just as a side note, we don't use the plural in American English. "I'm going to the store" (even if I may visit several stores), not "I'm going to the stores". (If we know we are going to several stores I think it would be more likely to say "I'm going shopping" or even "I'm going downtown" in smaller towns.)