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    Default drugstore vs. pharmacy

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    A pharmacist is someone who prepares and sells medicines. The place where a pharmacist works is a pharmacy. This can be a shop, part of a shop, or part of a hospital. [...]
    In Britain chemists usually also sell other things, such as beauty and baby products. A shop like this in the United States is called a drugstore.
    1. So drugstores sell medicines +, while pharmacies are restricted to medicines only. Does real-life usage overlap with the definition?
    2. In BrE, is there a clear preference between chemist's and chemist (as a place)?
    3. Which term would you typically hear in AusE to refer to a place where meds are sold?

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    Default Re: drugstore vs. pharmacy

    Quote Originally Posted by nyota View Post
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    1. So drugstores sell medicines +, while pharmacies are restricted to medicines only. Does real-life usage overlap with the definition?
    2. In BrE, is there a clear preference between chemist's and chemist (as a place)?
    3. Which term would you typically hear in AusE to refer to a place where meds are sold?
    2. In BrE, is there a clear preference between chemist's and chemist (as a place)?
    I think "I'm going to the chemist" and "I'm going to the chemist's" are about equally used.

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