at the doctor


Senior Member
I saw 'at the doctor's,' 'at the dentist's,' 'at Bob's,' and 'at the hairdresser's,' and those phrases mean the places.

The December 2018 issue of Reader's Digest:
"Reader's Digest has been a part of my life since childhood. During visits with my grandparents, in waiting rooms at the doctor or dentist, and at the hairdresser, the magazine was always there,..."

Do we need apostrophes behind doctor, dentist, and hairdresser?

Thank you.
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    I tend to use the apostrophe in that kind of situation, but it could get a bit monotonous when you have a string of them.
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