Should an apostrophe go at the end of years.

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Finance Manager bringing over 20 years’ experience and skills in leadership, attention to detail, accuracy, strategic planning, cost modeling, identify and mitigate problems, training, build and maintain positive relationships, developing people, and verbal and written communication that meets deadlines plus computer skills.  

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.

You might find the following links helpful.

http://www.businesswritingblog.com/business_writing/2008/08/years-or-years.html

http://www.grammarly.com/handbook/punctuation/apostrophe/1/apostrophe-use-possessive-case-of-nouns/#

link comment answered Jan 12 '12 at 20:39 Jody M. Expert
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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
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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 comment answered Feb 16 at 21:03 Snow Gum New member

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