Should an apostrophe go at the end of years.


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asked Jan 12 '12 at 16:36 Dan New member

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Yes, because it's (years) possessive.  If you don't want to use the apostrophe, you could write 20 years of experience.

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link comment answered Jan 12 '12 at 20:39 Jody M. Expert

I disagree. The years do not own the experience, the person does. When you say ' she has 20 years experience in...' you are implying the 'of', but 'she' still owns the experience.

link comment answered Oct 15 '13 at 23:18 Katherine New member

There is no apostrophe - Guardian explains - Apostrophes are used in phrases such as two days' time and 12 years' jail, where the time period (two days) modifies a noun (time), but not in three weeks old or nine months pregnant, where the time period (three weeks) modifies an adjective (old). You can test this by trying the singular: one day's time, but one month pregnant.

link answered Feb 16 at 21:03 Snow Gum New member

But experience is a noun.

andrew burkeSep 21 at 10:22

Or is it to do with the word year?

andrew burkeSep 21 at 10:24

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I posted a guardian note on this but it does seem to me that the ' is needed - so the phrase is correct as stated in the start of the thread - ie) (for more than one year) years' experience. Its wierd the Guardian thinks otherwise actually now I think on it.

link comment answered Sep 21 at 12:06 Snow Gum New member

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