Is récupérer interchangeable with acheter? Can I use récupérer for clothes shopping?
e.g. Je vais récupérer une robe
Dictation exercise A1
Just to add to the interesting answers you would use 'récupérer' for a garment for instance if you were talking of a dry-cleaner -
Je vais récupérer ma robe/mon costume chez le teinturier = I am going to pick up my dress/suit from the dry-cleaner's
You would even say -
Je vais récupérer les enfants à l'école = I'll go and pick up the children from school
Hope this helps!
«Récupérer», 'to recover/get back/collect/retrieve' etc - and therefore usually indicates taking or regaining possession of something that is 'yours'; it is not synonymous with «acheter», which is 'to buy'.
She has ordered the oysters in advance and is just going to "pick them up".
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