Going shopping

You are inside a store, wanting to ask the salesperson whether the t-shirt is available in a bigger size or whether the shoes are available in a smaller size. How do you do that in English again? How do you ask for a specific size? The following example sentences will help you to find the right words when going shopping.

Phrases for the start of a conversation


May I help you? / Can I help you?
Are you looking for something in particular?
How can I help you?
Is someone looking after you?


To politely ask something, the customer can start his or her question with "Excuse me, …".
I am looking for a pair of trousers, sport shoes, a DVD…
Do you have any… ?
Do you have these in a size smaller / bigger, too?
Could you tell me where the … is / are?
Where can I find the…?
Do you sell…?
I need …
I’d like a bottle of milk, please.
Have you got any cheese?
Where can I buy a newspaper?
Where can I find some vegetables?
Do you work here?
Could you help me?
Could I ask you something?

Phrases for a consulting service


They are over there.
What size are you?
How about one of these?
Here you are.
It’s on sale.
Buy two for the price of one.
How much / many would you like?
What size do you take?
Sorry, we are out of …
Would another colour do?
Would you like to try it on?
The fitting rooms are over there.
The T- Shirt suits you very well.


I’ll take it.
It’s not quite what I wanted.
How much is this sweater?
It doesn’t fit / suit me.
I don’t like it.
It’s too small / big / wide / tight / expensive.
I’m size …
Have you got this in another size / colour?
May I try this on, please?
Where can I try this on, please?
How much is it?

Phrases for the moment of payment and ending the conversation


Shall I giftwrap it?
Would you like a bag?
That comes to…. .
Here you are. / Here you go.
You’re welcome.
That’s 15 $ altogether.
You don’t happen to have any change, do you?
Here’s your change.
Did you find everything you needed?
Did you find what you were looking for?
Did you find everything okay?
Will that be all (for today)?
Is that everything?
Anything else?
Did you want anything else?
Please pay at the check-out.
I’ll take this to the check-out for you.


That’s all for today. That’s it. Thanks.
Where is the check-out?
Could I have a receipt, please?
Could I have a (plastic) bag, please?
I’m afraid / Sorry, I don’t have any change.
Do you accept credit cards?

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