Learn English – User’s Guide vs Users’ Guide


I’ve been looking over what has been posted regarding the use of ’s.

I used to be a Technical Writer (years ago). The title of one of our training documents was Users’ Guide. Once, a coworker said every time he saw that title he expected users to start coming.

Never made any sense to me, but I have to admit that the majority of us didn't understand the use of s’ in place of ’s. What is the difference?

Best Answer

The difference is in the number of users.

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

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

I'd be inclined to use the first sense rather than the second sense, since the "one" user is really an abstract representation of all the users anyway.

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