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I have six years' experience? Six years experience?

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WeasleyWoman Thu 23-Jun-16 20:33:49

I should know this but I don't and have looked at it too much now!

I have six years' experience in cockwombling.
The apostrophe is wrong...isn't it?

daisychain01 Thu 23-Jun-16 20:44:36

I'm a bit zoned out from Brexit stuff so will try my hand at this one smile

Isn't there an 'of' missing, as in

"I have six years of experience"

in which case it isn't possessive, the years is just the duration of time? So no apostrophe needed.

Woodhill Thu 23-Jun-16 20:44:42

No it's fine but doesn't seem to be taught or used. The time of 6 years so apostrophe.

5 years' time

BretonTop Thu 23-Jun-16 20:44:53

Watching!

CheshireSplat Thu 23-Jun-16 20:46:30

Yes, you need the apostrophe. I can't remember why but you do! (I write lots of contracts and it's always a week's notice, three month's notice etc.)

allegretto Thu 23-Jun-16 20:46:30

Woodhill is right. If you want confirmation, think of one year's experience and it's obvious where the apostrophe goes.

allegretto Thu 23-Jun-16 20:47:02

Three month's is wrong

CheshireSplat Thu 23-Jun-16 20:47:25

Aaaggghhhh! Three months'. Bloody autocorrect!

StealthPolarBear Thu 23-Jun-16 20:47:52

Yes one month's notice or three months' notice.

CheshireSplat Thu 23-Jun-16 20:48:08

I know. I didn't type that, promise!!!

iklboo Thu 23-Jun-16 20:48:41

The experience of six years. So the apostrophe is in the right place.

spankhurst Thu 23-Jun-16 20:48:53

Does the experience belong to the years or to you?

RiverTam Thu 23-Jun-16 20:49:26

Years'. It's short for years of experience.

AgentProvocateur Thu 23-Jun-16 20:49:27

You definitely need the apostrophe. It's one month's experience, and three months' experience.

WeasleyWoman Thu 23-Jun-16 20:49:42

Thank you

Hassled Thu 23-Jun-16 20:50:54

It's a possessive apostrophe - the experience belongs to the years. The apostrophe does need to be there.

Woodhill Thu 23-Jun-16 20:52:44

It isn't taught though in school in my experience but I was taught it so always use it.

Woodhill Thu 23-Jun-16 20:53:51

I was taught you use an apostrophe in a timeframe

Woodhill Thu 23-Jun-16 20:56:48

http://www.eng-lang.co.uk/apostrophe_rules.htm

Does this help.

Hope link works.

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