Faire les magasins

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Kwiziq community member

24 May 2018

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Faire les magasins

Can someone explain why it's faire DU shopping and faires LES magasins? Why is it not consistent and faire des magasins?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Faire les courses vs faire les magasins"


Kwiziq language super star

30 May 2018


Hi Steven,

Strictly speaking 'faire les courses' and 'faire les magasins' is to go shopping, the first one normally relating to food and essentials and the second one more for department stores and boutiques.

'Faire du shopping' is an addition to our vocabulary and to me means to go to the shops, not necessarily with the intention of buying. There is another expression meaning the same thing 'faire du lèche-vitrine' (to go window-shopping) which uses 'du' too. Maybe that's the reason?

Hope this helps!

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