Look at these examples:
Ma mère a fait les courses samedi matin.My mum went food shopping on Saturday morning
Elodie a fait du shopping avec sa mère. / Elodie a fait les magasins avec sa mère.Elodie went shopping with her mum.
In French, you have more than one way to say "to go shopping", depending on the context:
"Faire les courses"
This expression refers exclusively to food and utilities shopping, like going to the supermarket.
Basically, any "not leisure" shopping!
"Faire les magasins/Faire du shopping"
These expressions both refer to the pleasure side of shopping, such as clothes, entertainment shopping. "Faire du shopping" is more commonly used in speech.
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