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Grammar Experts please help!

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Naughtykitty Fri 10-Aug-18 22:03:45

I want to start my own business. But I'm questioning whether there should be an apostrophe or not.

Should it be...

My Five Minutes' Peace


My Five Minutes Peace

Of course I want to make sure it's correct before I start so I would appreciate any advice. Thanks!

Sparklepunk Fri 10-Aug-18 22:06:46

It is the second option

My five minutes peace.

BobbinThreadbare123 Fri 10-Aug-18 22:12:13

No, it's the first option. There is an apostrophe at the end of minutes.

IncrediblySturdyPyjamas Fri 10-Aug-18 22:13:47

The peace doesnt belong to the minutes. No apostrophe.

Doyoumind Fri 10-Aug-18 22:15:59

With the apostrophe.

Radiosheep Fri 10-Aug-18 22:16:11

It's the second one. The s on the end is because it's more than one minute.

mintbiscuit Fri 10-Aug-18 22:17:18


catenthusiast Fri 10-Aug-18 22:17:52

No apostrophe - the minutes don't belong to the peace.

catenthusiast Fri 10-Aug-18 22:18:28

Wait, the other way round. The peace doesn't belong to the minutes. But still no apostrophe!

Radiosheep Fri 10-Aug-18 22:19:01

Otherwise it would be minutes-es like James'. Like the other incredsaid the peace doesn't belong to the minutes.

Ishouldntbesolucky Fri 10-Aug-18 22:19:07

Apostrophe - like the title of the book by Jill Murphy.

LaChatte Fri 10-Aug-18 22:19:44

Mary's dog = the dog of Mary (the dog belonging to Mary)
Five minutes peace = five minutes of peace (and not the peace of five minutes, or belonging to five minutes)

starzig Fri 10-Aug-18 22:19:54

No apostrophe

biscuitmillionaire Fri 10-Aug-18 22:20:11

I think there should be an apostrophe because it is referring to Five Minutes OF Peace.

kikibo Fri 10-Aug-18 22:20:13

Agree with the apostrophe, but no-one will notice apart from the pedants (of which I am one 😁).

FiresideTreats Fri 10-Aug-18 22:21:14


Similar to "3 years' interest-free credit". Which I always see without the apostrophe these days.

Doyoumind Fri 10-Aug-18 22:21:24

It's definitely with the apostrophe:
In 5 years' time
Two weeks' notice

That is the correct English.

Ishouldntbesolucky Fri 10-Aug-18 22:21:29

Exactly biscuit, it's minutes of peace.

StripySocksAndDocs Fri 10-Aug-18 22:21:45

Second one.

The peace belongs to you.
You use 'my' to identify that, so no 'possessive s' needed in the sentence.

The five minutes simply quantifies the amount.

Wishicouldsleep Fri 10-Aug-18 22:22:11

No apostrophe.
Apostrophes are only used for possession or omission. No letters or words have been omitted. And the peace does not belong to the minutes.

JesusPerezWept Fri 10-Aug-18 22:23:14

If the peace belongs to a period of time, in this case 5 minutes, then surely an apostrophe is required?

Scabetty Fri 10-Aug-18 22:23:29

No apostrophe.

Radiosheep Fri 10-Aug-18 22:25:14

Maybe Jill Murphys got it incorrect?!! Sorry I meant Jill Murphy's grin

Doyoumind Fri 10-Aug-18 22:25:33

🙄 People really don't know the rules of English. I have to know in my line of work. Yet again, it's with the apostrophe.

GirlInTheDirtyShirt Fri 10-Aug-18 22:26:11

I hope none of those of you saying it has no apostrophe are teachers. It’s five minutes’ peace. Like the Jill Murphy book. It’s NOT a possessive apostrophe, it’s a temporal expression with an apostrophe.

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