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Eight years' experience? or Eight years experience?

Discussion in 'English' started by PETERPIPER, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. Hello,
    Please can someone tell me for sure which is the correct punctuation? My instinct tells me it has the apostrophe after the s, but it looks weird...
    Thanks
     
  2. Hello,
    Please can someone tell me for sure which is the correct punctuation? My instinct tells me it has the apostrophe after the s, but it looks weird...
    Thanks
     
  3. Eight years' experience. It is a genitive construction, and so needs the apostrophe. You could say "experience OF eight years" to check that it a genitive construction.
     
  4. Thank you!
     
  5. markuss

    markuss Occasional commenter

    Yes, it's right. You'll be seeing things like "A Hard Day's Night" and "A nine weeks' trek" and "A two days' stint" all the time now!
    (It's a problem with calling the "genitive" apostrophe the "possessive" form. Often, it's nothing to do with possessing.)
     

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