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    Default Store vs Shop

    What's the difference between store and shop?
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    Default Re: Store vs Shop

    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Bright View Post
    What's the difference between store and shop?
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    For example: bookstore AmE, bookshop BrE.

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    Default Re: Store vs Shop

    No difference I can think of. "Store" is used more by Americans.

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    Default Re: Store vs Shop

    One more question about shops/ stores. On the Net, I met universal store as the equivalent for department store. Which is commonly used?

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    Department store is normal in America. I've never heard the term "universal store."

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    I believe it was originally a rural/urban difference. A shop was an urban boutique, whereas a store was a long-term rural storage facility mainly for dry goods. Both were where you bought your flower, sugar, coffee, etc. So store caught on in the Wild West and the rest of the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I believe it was originally a rural/urban difference. A shop was an urban boutique, whereas a store was a long-term rural storage facility mainly for dry goods. Both were where you bought your flower, sugar, coffee, etc. So store caught on in the Wild West and the rest of the US.
    Yes, I'm more likely to call some small locally owned place that sells some specialty goods a shop. I'm more likely to call a chain a store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Department store is normal in America. I've never heard the term "universal store."
    Same here in the UK.

    Rover

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    Default Inconvenience stores

    Excuse the non sequitur but I'm reminded of one of my favorite Far Side cartoons:


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