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Grammar Check anyone please?

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Overseasmom100 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:17:48

is it

over 17 years teaching experience
over 17 years' teaching experience
over 17 year's teaching experience

Thank you

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FiveFootTwoEyesOfBlue Thu 21-Jan-21 21:18:21


daisypond Thu 21-Jan-21 21:20:05

years’ - yes.

Ch3rish Thu 21-Jan-21 21:21:03

It's not teaching grammar I assume grin

The middle one as there's more than one year I'd say

Scarby9 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:21:23

I agree.
Or try:
I have been teaching for over seventeen years.
I taught for over seventeen years.
Having taught for over seventeen years.
There's always a way round a grammatical challenge.

SnoozyBoozy Thu 21-Jan-21 21:22:11

Yep, 17 years'

TAmumto3 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:24:02

I think the first one... not a contraction... not possession. I am a year 6 TA and teach a lot of grammar!

WanderingMilly Thu 21-Jan-21 21:24:07


Kitkat151 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:25:21

First one

Doyoumind Thu 21-Jan-21 21:27:40

100% years'

Overseasmom100 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:28:02

I need to just say this one line so cant change wording is it

1 or 2!!!

we have a mixed response

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LittleRa Thu 21-Jan-21 21:28:08

Pop an “of” in to make it a straight plural:

Over 17 years of teaching experience

Doyoumind Thu 21-Jan-21 21:29:50

It is honestly years' OP. Don't listen to the others, who are wrong.

FASDE1517 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:30:16

Totally agree, it needs an 'of' and no apostrophe.

iklboo Thu 21-Jan-21 21:30:49

Second one - the experience 'belongs' to the years.

TabbyStar Thu 21-Jan-21 21:30:49


Doyoumind Thu 21-Jan-21 21:31:43

Pop over to pedants' corner for confirmation it's years'.

LochJessMonster Thu 21-Jan-21 21:31:53

I would say first one blush
Or I would put ‘17years of teaching’

picklemewalnuts Thu 21-Jan-21 21:32:11

Grammar book says it's 1.

ceeveebee Thu 21-Jan-21 21:32:18

Agree years’

daisypond Thu 21-Jan-21 21:32:21

It is absolutely years’. I’m a professional editor.

Overseasmom100 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:32:42

like this but does THIS need an apst

Over 17 years of teaching experience

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Time40 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:33:06

years' - because what it's really saying is "17 years of teaching experience". The implied "of" makes it a possessive, so you need the apostrophe. If the sentence were "I have been teaching for 17 years", there is no possessive, and therefore no apostrophe would be needed.

Overseasmom100 Thu 21-Jan-21 21:33:50

Im going with
Over 17 years of teaching experience

(no apostrophe)

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daisypond Thu 21-Jan-21 21:34:00


Grammar book says it's 1.

That grammar book clearly says it is 2 - years’ - in both the examples.

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