Unit 12: Shopping for clothes | Vocabulary | A2
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Unit 12: Shopping for clothes | Vocabulary | A2


Here are six expressions to do with shopping for clothes. Pair each with its opposite in meaning:

1. for sale A. rip-off
2. bargain B. special offer
3. normal price C. sold


Below are three phrasal verbs connected with wearing clothes. Choose the correct verb to complete the sentences which follow:

try on      put on      take off

1. Excuse me, could I ___________ this dress, please?

2. Don't forget to ___________ your bikini before you go swimming.

3. I'll just go and ___________ my apron and then I'll be ready to go.


Match the questions with the answers in these exchanges between a shop assistant and a customer in a clothing store:

1. Which sizes do the T-shirts come in?

2. What’s your shoe size?

3. Have you got anything in a smaller size?

4. How does that pair feel?

5. What size are you, madam?

A. No, sorry. Large is the only size we’ve got.

B. Not very comfortable, actually.

C. Small, medium, large and extra large.

D. I’m not sure. Could you measure me, please?

E. 38 , or sometimes I take a 39.


Very; too; enough

Very intensifies an adjective. It means ‘to a great degree’.

e.g. 29ºC is hot; 35ºC is very hot.

Too, like very, is placed before adjectives and it means ‘to a higher degree than is acceptable’.

The same concept can be expressed with not enough and an adjective of an opposite meaning. Note, however that enough is placed after the adjective.

e.g. This hat is too small for me. = This hat is not big enough for me.

First match the adjectives with their opposites in the list below and then choose the correct word to fill the gaps in the sentences that follow:

1. big A. short
2. long B. dark
3. wide C. loose
4. tight D. small
5. light E. narrow

This one’s too small. It’s not big enough for me.

2. It doesn’t fit. It’s not _______________ for me.

3. They’ re too short. They’re not _______________.

4. It’s very narrow. If s not _______________.

5. It’s very tight; it’s not _______________ for me.

6. That’s too light; it’s not _______________.



Imagine you have tried something on in a shop and now you must decide whether to buy it or not. Sort the following phrases into two lists; one which suggests you want to buy it/them and the other that you don't want it/them.

I'll take it.      I like it.      I'll leave it.      It doesn't fit.      It's just right.

It fits perfectly.      It doesn't suit me.      I don't like it.

They're very comfortable.      It's not quite right.



Below are three ways to say that you don't like something you have tried on in a shop. Match the phrase with its approximate meaning:

1. It doesn't fit me.

2. It doesn’t suit me.

3. It doesn't go with my shoes and handbag.

It doesn't look right with my accessories.

B. It's either too big or too small, too tight or too loose, etc.

C. The style or shape isn't right for me, personally.


Here are five words used in connection with choosing clothes. Choose the correct word to fill the gaps in the following sentences:

style     design     fit     shape     size

1. If I could get into it, I'd buy it, but it just doesn't _______________.

2. This is very modern, but it's not really my _______________.

3. I like the _______________ but the colours are too loud

4. I' d like to try the same dress in a smaller _______________.

5. I' m not sure about the _______________ of the neckline; don't you think it's a bit old-fashioned?


Match the following with the sketches below:

A. a short-sleeved shirt D. a pair of high-heeled shoes
B. a checked skirt E. a striped dress
C. a polo-neck pullover F. a V-neck jumper