I found “pay at the bookshop” in my conversation worksheet. I don't understand this so I don't know what should I complete the blank. What does it mean?

Summer holiday

A: Are you going away this summer?
B: Yes, we're going to Spain.
A: Oh really?____1______ ?
B: We're not sure exactly. We're going to fly to Madrid and rent a car when we get there. Then we'll probably drive south to Sevilla for camping.

A: That sounds great. I've heard that Sevilla is really pleasant. Have you ever been there before?
B: No, but my dad has wanted to go for ages, so we thought we'd give it try. What about you? Are you doing anything special this summer?
A: It's very likely we're going to stay home. Honestly,____2___ at the moment.
B: I can imagine.I bet they don't pay very much at the bookshop.

number one whereabouts is right?

    1. Why not

    2. Whereabouts

    3. What is that

    4. When will that be

    5. How can this be possible

    1. I don't have a long summer holiday

    2. the bookshop is open everyday.

    3. we're thinking of buying a new house.

    4. I can't really afford to go anywhere.

    5. travelling is only in my imagination.

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    We'e not really here to do your homework for you, but the bookshop is obviously the place where they work and the pay isn't so great that they have saved up any money. Does that help a bit? I mean, I'd really hate to spoil things by saying 1=2 and 2=4. Anyway, people don't say "whereabouts" in casual conversation; "where exactly" would be more likely. – Mr Lister Jan 28 '18 at 13:48
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    @MrLister: Some people are perfectly comfortable saying "Whereabouts?" but I gather none happen to live near you. – KarlG Jan 28 '18 at 14:14
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    "They don't pay very much at the bookshop" is not an idiom here. It's meaning is literal, easily understood from the meaning of each word. – Centaurus Jan 28 '18 at 16:39

In this case "(to) pay very much" refers to the amount of money that a person is compensated in a job.

"I bet they don't pay very much at the Bookshop" could be written also as "I would guess that the Bookshop doesn't pay very much money to employees."


The phrase in OP's title, “pay at the bookshop”, has a different meaning from the actual phrase cited in the text.

  1. Pay at the bookshop is written in the imperative mood, it is a command that informs the listener they should give their money to the person running the bookshop. In other words, they must pay for the product they wish to purchase, e.g. a book, at the cash desk.

  2. They don't pay very much [at the ____] is a clause, it has a subject and a verb.

It means the employee (or employees) does not receive a substantial salary (or wage) from his or her employer. In other words, the employer (the boss) does not pay his or her workers a lot of money. The genderless pronoun in the phrase, they, is called the singular they and it is used to avoid saying or writing "he or she" and its derivatives, "his or her".

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