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Grammar folk, put the apostrophe in the correct place in the following sentance:

(34 Posts)
Northerner Tue 16-May-06 16:38:37

If you combined every member of the teams yearly experience

Where would it go in the word teams? BIG debate here in office chez northerner.

Ta very muchly.

dinosaure Tue 16-May-06 16:39:36

If there is only one team - then it is team's.

But it would be more elegant to say:"...if you combined every team member's yearly experience"

beansontoast Tue 16-May-06 16:39:48

where's hunker?

beansontoast Tue 16-May-06 16:40:45

sorry dino!..dint mean to sya you were'nt good enough!

NotQuiteCockney Tue 16-May-06 16:41:55

I'm with dinosaure. On both her points. Not clear how else you could punctuate it.

JanH Tue 16-May-06 16:42:05

If you combined the yearly experience of every member of the team.

More elegant and no apostrophe's (joke!)

dinosaure Tue 16-May-06 16:42:39

Ooh I like that JanH!

motherinferior Tue 16-May-06 16:43:24

I would delete 'of the team', and add an apostrophe and S to the end of member.

<MI sniggers childishly at the word member >

NotQuiteCockney Tue 16-May-06 16:44:05

Now I'm just bothered by "yearly experience". It's a strange phrase.

I'd be inclined to say something like "The team have a combined experience of X years."

JanH Tue 16-May-06 16:44:13

Why thank you, ma'am.

(I am a sad little pedant who spends many happy minutes rephrasing things for fun!)

JanH Tue 16-May-06 16:45:01

Ohhhh, I thought it meant one year for every member (behave, MI!)

dinosaure Tue 16-May-06 16:45:06

Well, you'd have a field day in my office, a treasure trove of clunky prose (not written by me, I hasten to add).

OldieMum Tue 16-May-06 16:45:10

I wouldn't use 'yearly', because that means 'each year'. I would say, 'if you combined all team members' years of experience', or 'if you combined the years of experience represented by each member of the team'

dinosaure Tue 16-May-06 16:46:04

I wondered about that, OldieMum, but as northerner hadn't asked that question, I didn't answer it...bit of a work to rule type, me.

OldieMum Tue 16-May-06 16:46:23

Notquitecockney's is better, though.

JanH Tue 16-May-06 16:46:29

How about introducing a nice clunky member-years (as in man-days in maths exercises)?

motherinferior Tue 16-May-06 16:46:49

The team has a combined experience of X years, NQC. It's a collective noun. Rant. Rave. Froth.

motherinferior Tue 16-May-06 16:47:33

I like the idea of member-years.

NotQuiteCockney Tue 16-May-06 16:47:56

Well, if you're trying to emphasize the members of the team, mi, you can use have. But yeah, has is better.

motherinferior Tue 16-May-06 16:49:06

I am quite sure the members are adequate without further emphasis, dearie.

dinosaure Tue 16-May-06 16:49:40

Fnar fnar.

NotQuiteCockney Tue 16-May-06 16:50:03


Must go back to having grammar debates about whether "I ain't got no McDonalds is valid" ... much easier to bait people in those ...

nannyme Tue 16-May-06 16:55:59

teams' or team's (?) and sentence btw!

NotQuiteCockney Tue 16-May-06 17:29:42

It couldn't be teams', as dinosaure says, there is only one team.

nannyme Tue 16-May-06 23:24:33

Oh okay I missed the bit that clarified whether it was teams plural!

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