a. "Can anyone come up with a solution that will satisfy all of our client's needs?"
Is "client's" correct here? I think it should be changed to "clients'". (Note the apostrophe) Am I right?

Because I think this sentence can be rephrased like this:
b. "Can anyone come up with a solution that will satisfy all the needs of our clients?"
In sentence b, we cannot say "our client", right? "Client" should be plural.
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Hi, Barry,

Two things we should take into account:

1) "all" there refers to "needs," not to "clients," right?

2) "client" usually refers to a specific client but I think it can also be used generically, meaning "the typical client." In that case, the singular would be acceptable, but I agree with you that the plural would be correct too.

I have found an example at google books (unfortunately I cannot paste the link) which says:

One of the primary reasons why complementary and alternative approaches exist and persist is that we as veterinarians are not meeting, and often cannot meet, all of our client's needs. If clients ask us to reset...

The singular and the plural are used as if they were semantically equivalent (with "clients" meaning "a client, any client").
Last edited by Gustavo, Contributor
Clear questions:

"Can anyone come up with a solution that will satisfy all the needs of our client[s]?"

no "s": one client
with "s": multiple ones

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"Can anyone come up with a solution that will satisfy the needs of all our clients?"

equivalent with:

"Can anyone come up with a solution that will satisfy all of our clients' needs?"

Chicago Manual of Style:
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The possessive of plural nouns (except for a few irregular plurals, like children, that do not end in s) is formed by adding an apostrophe only.

puppies’ paws
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Last edited by Marius Hancu
Both possibilities work. Punctuate according to the meaning:
    (a) all of our client's needs
    = all of the needs of our client

    (b) all of our clients' needs
    = the needs of all of our clients

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