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"I'm going down to the store." = To me, this implies that the speaker is going to the grocery store.
"I'm going down to the shop." = This implies that the speaker is going to a smaller store that may or may not sell foods.
I'm from the U.S., so I don't know if this nuance exists in British English. But yes, aside from that, both words are interchangeable.
I was interested by Erin's comments because I have another opinion. I would have said that, at least in my experience in North America, 'store' is very much the common term and 'shop' is seldom used.
Best wishes, Clive
Erin ZaleYes, they mean the same thing when used as nouns. However, the two words have different connotations.Yes this is true. However Zzpsx please don't be confused as you can use either one.
Anonymous:In English language, no two words are exactly the same. True, they can have similar basic definitions. But how they are used is different.
For example, 'shop' can frequently used as a verb as in 'I like to shop at the mall.' But when 'store' is used as a verb, it means to keep something at a safe place. Also, 'store' most often is used to mean the 'grocery store' but here in the U.S. we don't use 'shop' in this sense very often. Unless you say something like 'the corner shop' implying a smaller-sized store which is conveniently located in a neighborhood that people would walk to.
My point here is, words like 'store' and 'shop' have many definitions & usages. My suggestion is to go to an online dictionary like Cambridge and look at different examples to help yourself to understand different meanings.
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