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To my Grammar-wise friends out there

Please help me fix this sentence... I'm having issues with the possessive:

"Subjects will be recruited through the Principal Investigator's and Sub-Investigators’ regular practice or patient pool."

There is one PI and multiple Sub-I's.

That doesn't sound right - like there are too many 's. Is that right?

Also, in the event that there was only one Sub-I, I think I would want "Sub-Investigator's", but please correct me if I am wrong.

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synodalhaj
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
It is correct as it is written, but awkward.

Try "Subjects will be recruited from the regular practices and patient pools belonging to the PIs and SIs."

sharya
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, that sounds much better! Thank you!

Looking at your fixed sentence, I think I may have needed to add plurals to practice and pool in my first sentence.
synodalhaj
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Everything is plural in my case, since we're talking about (the pools and practices) belonging to (the PI and the SIs). So it's a little easier. As I say, I think your sentence is correct, but mixing singular PI with plural SIs and the practice(s) and/or pool(s) they may have is tricky, and even if you get it right, it might not be easily readable.

I made a mistake typing PIs instead of PI. You've already fixed it, I'm sure, but it annoys me now :)
sharya
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
I fixed it :P Thanks again!
synodalhaj
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
... and if you use ANY apostrophes in my construction... "your" doing it wrong.
sharya
Oct. 20th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
*cringe*
rpeate
Oct. 25th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
It is correct. The key is for the reader to pay attention.
sharya
Oct. 25th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yay! I was hoping I hadn't completely ruined it.
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