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Apostrophes (i know, i apologise but please advise)

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littleducks Sat 08-Oct-11 12:45:31

I am normally good with apostrophes but am not really a stickler for grammar.

This looks wrong to me:

with over ten years’ experience of

but then I am trying to justify it. Is the experience belonging to the ten years?

HoneyPablo Sat 08-Oct-11 12:46:50

I think the years are plural and doesn't need an apostrophe.

Feenie Sat 08-Oct-11 12:47:48


Some plurals most certainly do need apostrophes!

ten years' experience is right, OP

MinnieBar Sat 08-Oct-11 12:50:24

It's the experience of ten years, so yes, apostrophe after.

I'd suggest using capitals properly as well if you're posting in Pedants' Corner



SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 08-Oct-11 12:51:50

Yes there should be an apostrophe. Ten years' experience implies ten years of experience - it should be "ten years' experience in" not "ten years' experience of"

Trills Sat 08-Oct-11 12:52:37


Ten years ago definitely doesn't need an apostrophe, it's just a plural. More than one year.

That year's winter needs an apostrophe because it is a possessive. The winter belongs to the year.

One year's experience I think does need one because it is a kind of possessive. The experience belongs to the year.

So Ten years' experience because when a plural ends in an s and is also possessive we don't say years's, we just say years'

That's my guess.

littleducks Sat 08-Oct-11 12:52:45

Apologies about the capitals, I was just trying to ask a quick question!

Thanks for the advice.

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 08-Oct-11 12:57:46

Hahaha Trills - that cartoon is awesome. I especially love the end - "when in doubt, DON'T use an apostrophe!" Seems to me, everyone does the opposite of that.

<Mutters about apostrophes in plurals>

Feenie Sat 08-Oct-11 12:58:53

Only unnecessary apostrophes in plurals, I hope, SayCool!

Shanghaidiva Sat 08-Oct-11 13:05:58

10 years' experience is correct.
As in the film Two weeks' Notice - where the apostrophe was missing!

SayCoolNowSayWhip Sat 08-Oct-11 13:19:23

But of course, Feenie.

I genuinely get a faster heart rate (in a bad way) when I see a sign that says "No dog's allowed"

"No dogs' bollocks allowed" would be fine, however wink

nickelbabe Sat 08-Oct-11 13:21:31

it is the experience belonging to the ten years, so yes, "ten years' experience" is correct.

otherwise people would point and laugh that you don't know how to use an apotrophe.

nickelbabe Sat 08-Oct-11 13:24:56

Trills - love the cartoon - especially as it allows both the pedants who say "charles's" and those who say "charles'" to be correct. grin

(i'm a "charles's")

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