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    Grocery shopping English.

    The conversation I was having my a friend:
    Me: Where do you buy your groceries?
    Him: From XX market.
    Me: Always try to buy air-chilled chicken. Air-chilled chicken(s) is/are the best. 1 chicken costs $xx only. And always buy from XX market they sell at lower price.


    Breakdown of my confusion:
    1) Where do you buy your groceries?- Do we ask people about grocery shopping like this?
    2) Air-chilled chicken(s) is/are the best.- Do we say chicken or chickens? I feel like it should be singular since I'm talking about chicken meat and not the animal itself.
    3) 1 chicken costs $xx only.- When talking about the prices do we say it costs $xx?
    4) they sell at lower price.- I'm more than sure this doesn't sound natural. How do say that some particular store offers better prices?

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    #2

    Re: Grocery shopping English.

    1) Yes, that's fine.
    2) Okay, but it's better to use the plural if the chickens are only sold whole.
    3) Yes, we do. Put only either before costs or before the price, not at the end.
    4) They sell them cheap(er).

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    #3

    Re: Grocery shopping English.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    1) Yes, that's fine.
    2) Okay, but it's better to use the plural if the chickens are only sold whole.
    3) Yes, we do. Put only either before costs or before the price, not at the end.
    4) They sell them cheap(er).
    Thank you very much but I didn't get what you meant by 'sold whole'. Did you by any chance mean 1 whole chicken?
    And for 4, can I also say- 'I buy from xxx market, it's cheaper there.'

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    #4

    Re: Grocery shopping English.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Thank you very much, but I didn't get what you meant by 'sold whole'. Did you by any chance mean 1 whole chicken?
    And for 4, can I also say- 'I buy from xxx market. It's cheaper there.'
    One, or two, or three or whatever.

    Yes, that's fine.

    Meat is generally sold by weight.
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    #5

    Re: Grocery shopping English.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post

    Yes, that's fine.
    Do you mean- 'I buy from xxx market, it's cheaper there.'

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Meat is generally sold by weight.
    That's my question. If it's sold by weight do we still say chickens?

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    #6

    Re: Grocery shopping English.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    If it's sold by weight do we still say "chickens"?
    No. We use the singular, chicken.

    Always mark words you're writing about with quotation marks or italics.
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    #7

    Re: Grocery shopping English.

    Selling by weight doesn't change the wording. The distinction is whether the bird is whole or not. If I buy a package of legs, or breasts, then I would say I bought "some chicken." Uncountable.

    If they sell whole birds, then they sell chickens. Countable.

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    #8

    Re: Grocery shopping English.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashraful Haque View Post
    Do you mean- 'I buy from xxx market. It's cheaper there.'
    Yes.

    It's cheaper there.

    Or:

    Their prices are lower.

    Or:

    I like shopping there. I don't have to spend as much.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 19-Mar-2020 at 22:18. Reason: Fixed typo
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