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    Explanations about final "s" in butcher's

    I would like to find the way to explain in an easy manner why we write "butcher's, doctor's, dentist's, greengrocer's" with the final "s".
    Any idea how to explain it?
    Thank you

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    Re: Explanations about final "s" in butcher's

    Quote Originally Posted by melaverde View Post
    I would like to find the way to explain in an easy manner why we write "butcher's, doctor's, dentist's, greengrocer's" with the final "s".
    Any idea how to explain it?
    Thank you
    The 's after a noun indicates the possessive form.

    Tom is outside the door.
    Tom's cat is outside the door.

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    Re: Explanations about final "s" in butcher's

    I think he means why don't we just say I went to the doctor, the butcher, the candlestick maker....

    And I guess the answer is it's more polite to describe visiting the place belonging to the person than the person himself.

    Cf. in French: we say chez le médecin, chez le boucher.... also a form of possessive in a way.

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    Re: Explanations about final "s" in butcher's

    It's a short way of saying the butcher's shop, the hairdresser's salon, the doctor's surgery etc.

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    Re: Explanations about final "s" in butcher's

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Cf. in French: we say chez le médecin, chez le boucher.... also a form of possessive in a way.
    I quite agree.

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