Difference between check and explore

Test No. [color=blue]incompl/advan-16 “At the Shops”, question 6

Whenever I go to the old part of a city, I like to all the shops selling antiques.

(a) examine
(b) search
© check
(d) explore

Test No. [color=blue]incompl/advan-16 “At the Shops”, answer 6

Whenever I go to the old part of a city, I like to explore all the shops selling antiques.

Correct answer: (d) explore

Your answer was: [color=red]incorrect
Whenever I go to the old part of a city, I like to check all the shops selling antiques.
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why not “check”?

To check is used in the sense of verifying or investigating. If you explore a shop you simply browse through it because you like the activity.[YSaerTTEW443543]

TOEFL listening discussions: Which best describes the student’s current activity?[YSaerTTEW443543]