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In a years' time.

I used year's on word and it corrected it to the above? You can have year and the year's (belonging).

I thought the apostrophe is only used if the word doesn't end in s normally, but year's doesn't?


And this.

Yet today's media and news is full of angst. (are instead of is)



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Correct English is

eg In a year's time

eg In two years' time

Yet today's media and news are full of angst. The subject is plural.

Clive

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There were lots of butterflies.

A dozen butterflies' flew away.


Does the first example need an apostrophe too? Why/why not?

There were lots of butterflies. Correct

A dozen butterflies' flew away. The apostrophe is wrong.. What made you think you needed an apostrophe?

Clive

In two years' time

As the years went by.

The second example does not need the apostrophe right? As you're not specifying multiple years?


The way years needs an apostrophe when speaking about more than one versus a

dozen butterflies' which doesn't.



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https://www.businesswritingblog.com/business_writing/2008/08/years-or-years.html

In this resource the writer suggests years is in the possessive form in the example provided, but it looks like just years in general hence no apostrophe.

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Something like this would be possessive form right?

Through out his years' he gave to the cause. Would be possessive

in two years' time I take this to be possessive, in the sense that it means, very awkwardly, in the time that two years possess.

Throughout his years, he gave to the cause. There is no suggestion here that his years possess time.

A dozen butterflies' flew away. There is no suggestion here that the butterflies possess anything.