- Where’s John? - He’s gone to the baker’s.
Why is an apostrophe used here? What does it mean after putting an apostrophe? Please explain. I am talking about the last one.
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This is the usual way to say that John has gone to buy some bread (or whatever else is sold there) at the baker's shop. The word shop is implied in the sentence, we know it's there but we do not write or say it.
The apostrophe shows the relationship between the baker and his shop. The shop belongs to the baker (or at least he runs it). In fact when we say "He’s gone to the baker’s." we're talking about the shop and not the person.
In the same way we could say:
I'm going to my aunt's for the weekend.
Implying "I'm going to my aunt's house."
It's the same grammatical construction with 's when you say:
But in the latter "book" has to be expressed because we would not guess what is implied.
This is called the genitive. For more see here.