Should I use "doctor's bills" or "doctors' bills" in the following?

All the money went on doctor’s bills.

I'd appreciate your help.

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  • How many doctors? – user3169 Nov 11 '18 at 0:17
  • Well, my answer seems to have been ignored. Yet, I answered the question. – Lambie Nov 23 '18 at 19:42

There are four scenarios, where three and four are semantically equivalent:

  • All my money went to a doctor's bills. [one doctor, many bills from him]
  • All my money went to a doctor's bill. [one doctor sending an expensive bill]
  • All my money went to doctors' bills. [generic]
  • All my money went to doctor bills. [generic]

Nota bene: If there is one doctor and many bills, the determiner "a" must be used, as in Line One.

The last one is the use of a noun as adjective. Sentence three and four can express the idea of more than one doctor and more than one bill.

You can use went on, but I prefer went to.

  • How about "doctor's bills" with no article in the OP? – Apollyon Nov 24 '18 at 5:51
  • No, the OP has the singular "doctor's," whereas your third line has the plural "doctors'." – Apollyon Nov 24 '18 at 15:16
  • No. line one is still different. Your line One example has an article, whereas the "doctor's" has none. – Apollyon Nov 24 '18 at 15:19
  • That's RIGHT. Yours is wrong: if there is one doctor and many bills, it's: All my money went on or to a doctor's bills. I am repeating what I said. – Lambie Nov 24 '18 at 15:21
  • How about "All the funding has been paid for driver's licenses"? Here, "driver's" is in the singular and "licenses" in the plural. – Apollyon Nov 25 '18 at 6:07

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