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    kwfine is offline Banned
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    why an apostrophe is needed in doctor's

    Dear teachers,

    I don't understand why an apostrophe is needed in this sentence:
    Tom went to the doctor's.
    but
    Tom went to see a doctor.


    Could you explain please?

    Thank you.

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    Re: why an apostrophe is needed in doctor's

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I don't understand why an apostrophe is needed in this sentence:
    Tom went to the doctor's. The way this is written is incorrect. Either, "Tom went to the doctor's office" or, "Tom went to the doctor". When you write "doctor's" you are indicating possession, something the doctor owns - "Tom went to the doctor's party - Tom went to the doctor's graduation - Tom went to the doctor's laboratory.
    but
    Tom went to see a doctor.


    Could you explain please?

    Thank you.
    Gil

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    Re: why an apostrophe is needed in doctor's

    "Tom went to the doctor's" is just fine in BE. We understand this to mean "...to the doctor's surgery" in the same that we say "...to the chemist's (shop)/butcher's (shop)."

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