The patients’ what? Apostrophe problems continue.

Writers continue to misinterpret the correct location for an apostrophe. As I have said numerous times, an apostrophe should NOT be used to make a word plural.  Consider this example:

Payments were made, but patients' and their family members kept receiving notices that their payments were due.

 

This sentence simply refers to more than one PATIENT.  The way to make PATIENT plural is to add an S, not an S plus an apostrophe. Yes, the FAMILY MEMBERS belong to the PATIENTS, but the word THEIR takes care of that possessive point.  The sentence should read this way:

Payments were made, but patients and their family members kept receiving notices that their payments were due.

 

 


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