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    Default greengrocer

    The greengrocer at the corner is probably the most convenient to reach.

    I think the above sentence should be written as "The greengrocer's at the corner is probably the most convenient to reach. "

    Am I right?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: greengrocer

    It's fine either way.

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    Default Re: greengrocer

    I'd use greengrocer's as you're referring to his shop.

    If you mean the man you need greengrocer:

    'The greengrocer at the corner sells the best apples in town.'

    Rover

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    Default Re: greengrocer

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It's fine either way.
    Is there any such thing as greengrocer stores in the US? I understand that "greengrocer" is a BrE expression.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Default Re: greengrocer

    I have never encountered that expression here in use in the U.S.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: greengrocer

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I have never encountered that expression here in use in the U.S.
    What do you call a store where they sell fruits and/or vegetables? If there are any such stores in the U.S.
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Default Re: greengrocer

    I'm not aware of any permanent stores that sell only fruits and vegetables. You can find fruit or vegetable stands, but they are not full stories. We have an orchard that sells their produce, but it's "the orchard store" not a "greengrocer."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: greengrocer

    I remember a Seinfeld episode where Kramer got banned by the local produce market. So maybe such things exist in New York or other big cities where space is a premium.

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