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Practice with the exercises:
Exercise 1

1. Asking and giving directions

It is important to know how to ask for and give directions to get to a destination: city, street, etc.
- Where is the chemist's?
- Go straight on and turn left.

2. Asking for directions

To ask for directions, we can use structures as the following:

More informal More formal
Where is the post office? Could you tell me the way to the bank, please?
Is there a chemist's around here? Could you tell me how to get to the cinema, please?
Can you help me? I'm looking for the theatre.
How (can/do) I get to the station? What's the best way to go to the church?

To draw the attention of someone we don't know, we use the expression excuse me followed by the interrogative sentence we want to formulate.

Excuse me, how can I get to the bank?
Excuse me, where is the baker's?

3. Giving directions

To give instructions to someone on how to get to a particular place, we will usually use structures such as the following:

Turn left
Turn right
Go straight on/ahead
Go across the street
On the corner
Go as far as
Go past the
Go along the street
Go up the street
Go down the street
Take the 1 st/2 nd/3 rd turning on the right
Take the 1 st/2 nd/3 rd turning on the left

Remember!

Asking for directions Giving directions
Where is the (nearest)...? Turn left Turn right
How (can/do) I get to the...? Go straight on / ahead Go across the street
Is there a... (around / near) here? On the corner Go as far as the cinema
What's the best way to go to the...? Go past the Go along the street
Could you tell me how to get to the...? Take the 1st / 2nd / 3rd turning on the right Take the 1st / 2nd / 3rd turning on the left

 

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