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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).

marked as duplicate by Andrew Leach, Matt E. 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.


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.

  • 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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