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in three years' time

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claig Mon 30-May-16 18:41:26

Is the apostrophe here just pedantic or is that how it should be written?

Backingvocals Mon 30-May-16 18:46:42

I think it's correct. I would think "in the time of three years" but it's not really a possessive so maybe I've been wrong for decades (not for the first time)

Littlefish Mon 30-May-16 18:49:08

I had a discussion with my headteacher about this only last week. I've always used apostrophes in situations like your example, but she disagreed with me.

I'd love to know whether I'm right or not.

StealthPolarBear Mon 30-May-16 18:51:29

Yes I think so

One year's time
Three years' time

Is how I always write it

MrsSpecter Mon 30-May-16 18:54:25

I always ask "who does it belong to?"

The car belongs to the woman. It is the woman's car.

The dog belongs to the boys. It is the boys' dog.

The time belongs to the three years so the apostrophe goes after the s.

claig Mon 30-May-16 19:04:43

Thanks everyone, I think the apostrophe should be used.

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