I was in a shopping district near my home, where I thought I had seen a shoe store. However, I could not locate, so I stopped someone to ask where it was.
"Excuse me, is there a shoe store nearby?"
He looked at me in a puzzled manner.
"A shoe store," I repeated.
"You want to buy shoes?"
"Yes." What else would I want the shoe store for?
"I think there's one down that way," he said, pointing.
Not wanting to waste time in case he was wrong -- he didn't seem very sure about whether there was or not -- I asked another passerby.
"Is there a shoe store nearby?"
He was taken back. "You want to buy shoes?"
Now, I'm sure there was something wrong with the way I was asking my question -- I just don't know what. "Shoe shop"? "Footwear store"? Advice welcomed.