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Old February 08, 2014, 04:13 AM
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Veterinarian hospital

If I am delayed ‘by’ the vet, I will call you:
Si me ratraso ‘por’ el veterinario, te llamaré. (vet = person)

If I am delayed ‘at’ the vet’s, I will call you:
Si me ratraso ‘en’ el veterinario, te llamaré. (vet’s = hospital or examination room)

Can we still use ‘veterinario’ in the second Spanish sentence?
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Old February 08, 2014, 09:11 AM
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Yes, we can. The whole sentence should be something like "en el consultorio del veterinario", but it's very well understood that you're talking about the place, not the person.

We do this very often:
- Me pasé toda la tarde en el doctor. -> en el consultorio médico.
- Fui a los muebles a ver si ya tenían mi mesa. -> a la mueblería.
- ¿Has ido a las pizzas de aquí al lado? -> a la pizzería.
- Llevamos el coche al mecánico. -> al taller mecánico.
- Te veo en las revistas del Sanborns*. -> la sección de libros y revistas
*Sanborns is a department store in Mexico.


And a spelling note: the verb is retrasar, so "si me retraso".
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Old February 08, 2014, 09:54 AM
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Para agregar algo más a la fantástica explicación de Angélica, quisiera mencionar que la palabra consultorio no suele emplearse en España (no digo que no lo haga), por aquí tendemos a simplicarlo en una palabra: ambulatorio (consultorio médico).

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