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    #1

    Which is okay?

    Hello.

    Would you take a look at the following?

    1. Doctors must not prescribe more medication for patients than is necessary.

    2. Doctors must not prescribe for patients more medication than is necessary.

    3. Doctors must not prescribe more medication than is necessary for patients.

    4. Doctors must not prescribe patients more medication than is necessary.

    According to some dictionaries, I think #4 is a British usage of "prescribe."
    I don't know which position is the most appropriate for the phrase "(for) patients."

    I'd really appreciate your help on this.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: Which is okay?

    It seems to me that you can omit "for patients" in all four sentences.

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    #3

    Re: Which is okay?

    Quote Originally Posted by yamyam View Post
    Hello.

    Would you take a look at the following?

    1. Doctors must not prescribe more medication for patients than is necessary.

    2. Doctors must not prescribe for patients more medication than is necessary.

    3. Doctors must not prescribe more medication than is necessary for patients.

    4. Doctors must not prescribe patients more medication than is necessary.

    According to some dictionaries, I think #4 is a British usage of "prescribe."
    I don't know which position is the most appropriate for the phrase "(for) patients."

    I'd really appreciate your help on this.

    Thank you.
    I would use #1 or #4.

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