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User’s/Users’/Users Group

What would be the correct way with UK English spelling:

patients' care or patients care?

I have terrible search skills, I could not find an appropriate answer (did not know how to search for these "'s" or "s'" differences).

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You do need to know what to search for. Here's one, which also links to another. User’s/Users’/Users Group –  Andrew Leach Sep 28 '12 at 15:28
By going to that link I found another one that was really useful: english.stackexchange.com/questions/36657/… - check Robusto's and Mr. Shiny and New 安宇's reply - it helped a lot. –  João Paulo Sep 28 '12 at 15:36
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marked as duplicate by Andrew Leach, Matt Эллен, Mitch, tchrist, StoneyB Sep 28 '12 at 17:21

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There does not seem to be a whole lot of consensus on this but this link (Andrew provided) was useful: User’s Guide vs Users’ Guide

User's guide: A guide belonging to one user.

Users' guide: A guide belonging to all the users.


The difference is this: s' is used for plural possessive; 's is used for singular possessive; s' can also be used at the end of proper names that end in s to indicate the possessive without adding the extra s.

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You would find both in the UK, but the apostrophe is disappearing in such cases and, it must be said, it is no great loss.

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Thank you Barrie. –  João Paulo Sep 28 '12 at 15:38
I think just saying “patient care” is becoming the norm in many of these situations. –  tchrist Sep 28 '12 at 17:03
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