Excuse me, do you carry __? [in store]

Discussion in '中文+方言 (Chinese)' started by yuechu, May 18, 2016.

  1. yuechu Senior Member

    Canada, English

    Sometimes I'm in a Chinese grocery store and want to ask if they carry a certain item. I might ask something like "Excuse me, do you carry __ ?".
    For example, "Excuse me, do you carry green tea?"

    It's a simple question but I'm not sure how to word it naturally. (I imagine there is more than one translation for it too!)
  2. brofeelgood

    brofeelgood Senior Member

    English, 中文
    (老板)(请问)您这儿有卖 ___ 吗?
  3. SuperXW

    SuperXW Senior Member

    Or simply 有___吗?
  4. retrogradedwithwind Senior Member


    Just like these.
  5. Skatinginbc

    Skatinginbc Senior Member

    Mandarin 國語
    Again, you took the words right out of my mouth, Bro. The Mandarin variety you speak seems very similar or nearly identical to mine.
    你这绿茶吗? ==> That surely comes from a Mandarin variety different from mine.
    Last edited: May 18, 2016
  6. fyl Senior Member

    Mandarin Chinese
    请问你这儿有绿茶吗 would be the one I usually say.
  7. darren8221 Member

    Mandarin - Taiwanese
    你們有賣 __ 嗎 / 你們有 __ 嗎 / 你們這裡有賣 __ 嗎 is what I would say.

    I say the first two when I can buy the thing anywhere and I just want to get it, e.g. toothbrush or soap. When it's rare (Chinese herbs, camera lens, etc.) I say the last one, which carries a meaning of "This thing seems to be sold only at this store, so do you carry __ here?"

    I also say 有 __ 嗎 given 1. I'm familiar with the store and the people there, 2. I know the thing is sold, and 3. (optional) the thing is not always available. Some people consider this slightly rude (in Taiwan).

    Adding 請問 is always a good idea. Sometimes it'll even be 不好意思,請問…
  8. brofeelgood

    brofeelgood Senior Member

    English, 中文
    Well, I did grow up watching 林青霞 and 秦漢 on TV and listening to songs by 劉文正,鳳飛飛,費玉清 etc. :D
  9. yuechu Senior Member

    Canada, English
    Many thanks to everyone for your help!

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