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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).


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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  • 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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