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Thanks in advance for your help. My question concerns a particular part of a sentence. I have seen examples but still confuse myself.

When referring to many patients should it be "each of our patient's needs" or "each of our patients' needs."

"each of our patient's needs" sounds like we have one patient and each of his needs are being met

They have more than one patient, so without each it would be "our patients' needs"

Does each not refer to their needs? Each of their(plural) needs!

For example:

What if I said "Each of our patient's wives." Wouldn't "patient's" make it possessive and sound like our patient had multiple wives? But "each of our patients' wives" sounds like we have many patients who each have a wife.

Why is "each of our patients' needs" wrong when "each of our patient's needs" sounds like they have one patient and take care of each of his needs. Seems like it shouldn't be.

Thanks,

Michael
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Guys and girls, I have another question concerning this topic.

We have established that "Each of our patients' needs" is correct.

What if I take out the "of our" so that it reads, "Each patients' needs."

Does it become "Each patient's needs."

Explanations welcome !!!!
I think it's "Each of our patients' needs" and "Each patient's needs." Taking the "of our" out, does indeed change it.

Thanks!
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michaelb Does it become "Each patient's needs."
Yes.

Dr. A continues to research, teach and provide exceptional care to his patients' at NYU.

OR

Dr. A continues to research, teach and provide exceptional care to his patients at NYU.

Which one is correct? My husband says I don't need a comma in this sort of scenario.

Plural possessive nouns are the bane of my existence and make me feel like an incompetent writer, any tools would be appreciated.


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C

You need the comma.

The apostrophe is wrong. Nothing is possessed here by the patients.

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