English Grammar Rules “Ten year’s experience” vs “Ten years of experience”

Jul 1, 2019 | English Grammar Tips, Smart Brains Spotlight

English Grammar Rules Ten year’s experience vs Ten years experience

 

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Today we learned about some “ Basic English Grammar rules: “Ten years experience” or “ten years experience” . The apostrophe is a substitute for “of.” m The use of the term “possession” is as much out of habit as it is a correct reference, but it doesn’t always mean physical possession. It also means “belonging to,”“connected” or “ closely related to.”

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English Grammar Rules Ten year’s experience vs Ten years experience

 

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English Grammar Rules Ten year's experience Answer by Martha S. Lyon, (Learning/teaching language for many years. Top Writer 2018; Law school is an education all should have). All credit goes to Martha S. Lyon, Thank you!
 
 
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English Grammar Rules Ten year's experience QUESTION: Which one is correct: “Ten years experience” or “ten year’s experience”?
 
 
The correct term is ten years’ experience, which substitutes for ten years of experience.
 
 
With seven (7) answers already posted, I wasn’t planning to answer until I realized that most are incorrect or only partially correct.
 
 
The apostrophe is a substitute for “of.” m The use of the term “possession” is as much out of habit as it is a correct reference, but it doesn’t always mean physical possession. It also means “belonging to,” “connected” or “ closely related to.”
 
 
 
  If you can substitute “of” in the phraseology, as noted by Elizabeth Henderson and Charles Lindsey, use of the apostrophe will be correct.
 
  • the hands of the clock = the clock’s hands
  • the depth of the lake = the lake’s depth
  • a throw of the stone = a stone’s throw
  • several days of work = several days’ work

 

 
  The other tip that helps one avoid confusion over where to place the apostrophe in singular v. plural instances involves doing the following:
 
  • Step One: make the word singular or add “s,” “es,” or remove the “y” and add “ies” to make it plural.
  • Step Two: add the apostrophe
  • Step Three: add the final “s” if one is required. In most instances it is, but, if not sure, refer to a usage guide.
    • the route of the bus = the bus’s route —- the second “s” is added when it’s pronounced, but it’s optional when it may not be pronounced, as in Dicken’s novels or Dickens’ novels

 

  • Joint Possession v. Individual Possession
    • It’s “Laurel and Hardy’s comedies,” but it’s “Laurel’s and Hardy’s houses”

 

  • CAVEAT: When showing possession with an apostrophe is awkward, use “of” instead.
    • “The revised and expanded edition’s index” is better as “the index of the revised and expanded edition”
    • “my sons-in-law’s wives” should be “the wives of my sons-in-law
    • “La Bamba”’s insistent rhythm is better as “the insistent rhythm of “La Bamba”
    • “the page’s bottom” is better as “the bottom of the page”

 

NOTE: Examples from The Borzoi Handbook for Writers, Third Edition, by F. Crews, S. Schor, and M. Hennessy, McGraw-Hill, Inc., 1993, p. 389 – 395.

 

Reference:  Martha S Lyon.  “Which one is correct: “Ten years experience” or “ten year’s experience”?originally appeared on Quora, the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

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