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Anonymous:I have a question that I need help with...fast. (I am a non - native English speaker)
Is it possible to say " I have a doctor appointment" instead of using the form " I have a doctor´s appointment". The use of possessive s is a bit confusing. I hope that some one here could help me.
Thank you very much in advance,
I can see how the possessive could be confusing if you are only thinking about it from your side, but don't forget that the doctor also has an appointment at that time - with you.
How about "I have a dentist appointment"? I might either say it that way, or say "I have a dental appointment." Is anyone going to make a case for "I have a dentist's appointment"?
We say 'hospital appointment' without the s.
Anonymous:It is not possible to say "I have a doctor appointment". This is not correct English.
At The New York Times:
doctor's apppointment: 200 hits
doctor apppointment: 6 hits
KhoffHmmm. The responses here surprised me because "I have a doctor appointment" does not sound "wrong" to me -- I would be just as likely to say "doctor apppointment" as "doctor's appointment". Does anyone else agree with me? Maybe it's a U.S./U.K. difference? Or am I just weird? [:^)]Doctor appointment to me does not sound right. I don't see a justifying reason why doctor takes possessive but dentist doesn't. Maybe that's just the way it is and has no exact reason. (which is why English is so hard to master) It kinda falls under those strange rules like a pair of pants, when it's only one piece of clothing. We don't say a pair of shirts.
Grammar Geek, would you like to venture an opinion on this one?
Hookster, what part of Colorado are you in? And, to digress a little, do you consider yourself a Coloradan? I am pretty sure that when I was growing up in Denver we were all Coloradoans -- then I spent 20 years on the East Coast and returned to find that I had lost an entire syllable.
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