keannu, by this time you should know that we are just going to send you to a dictionary and tell you to come back with any problems you encounter.
What do you think is the difference between drugstore and pharmacy?
I think "drugstore" sells other stuff except "drugs" with or without a pharmacist, while "pharmacy" is with a pharmacist making prescibed medicine.
I think if everyone could find any word's meaning by dictionary, this site wouldn't exist along with the members and teachers. I googled the difference and got the meaning, but I wasn't sure of it, that's why I asked it.
Here are Macmillan's definitions.
pharmacy - definition. American English definition of pharmacy by Macmillan Dictionary
drugstore - definition. American English definition of drugstore by Macmillan Dictionary
There are dozens of other dictionaries here that give similar definitions. You really do not need to waste your time and ours asking for confirmation that many dictionaries are correct.
We are happy to help if members have problems in understanding definitions, find dictionary definitions that appear to contradict each other, or are not sure, despite examples in dictionaries, about how they should use words. We are not here to replace dictionaries or confirm their definitions.
"Googling the difference" is not the same as spending time researching a good variety of trusted dictionaries.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Sometimes, dictionaries don't give us practical knowlege or exact answer to my questions, and there are a bunch of dictionaries, which makes it hard for me to choose the best one. I make enough - or sometimes not - research before posting a thread here.
By referring to the following definitions, I may know the rough difference, but skimming through teachers' this or that opinion makes me fully informed or realize about the answer for any question I posted. I'll try to restrain more not to post unnecessary questions- I have done my best so far, I guess - but I'd like to confess that the explanations of teachers even for easy questions are even more helpful than static, lifeless character definitions of dictionaries.
*Looking at these, I lose the focus of understanding. I think the focus is on drugstore's having extra products, but I wonder if drusgtore has a pharmacist or not. Sometimes dictionaries don't give comparison or analysis to my curiosities, and that's why I depend on teachers here.
pharmacy a store where medicines are prepared and sold
drugstore a store that sells medicines, beauty products, and other goods. The usual British word is chemist.
Last edited by keannu; 28-Apr-2013 at 11:41.
There is one thing wrong with the second definition. A "chemist's [shop] in the UK has a pharmacist on-site, both to advise customers on over-the-counter medicines and to prepare prescription medication. We don't have two different types of shop doing the same thing. We don't have shops called "drugstores" or "pharmacies" in the High Street. We just have chemists. They are either standalone shops or they are a department of a larger shop.
Hospitals have pharmacies.
I'm so impressed at your vivid explanation, which helps me a lot to bear definitions of "drugstore" and "pharmacy" in UK in my mind longer than mere dictionary ones.