Celebrating 16 Years
Ten Years' Experience?
Grammar & Sentence Structure
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The following two phrases are equivalent:
1. mother of Susan
2. Susan's mother
But so are the following:
1. ten years of experience
2. ten years' experience
Can anyone explain why the order of the two terms is
different in the two cases?
May 17 2004 09:57:27
good question! I dont know the answer tho, sorry
May 18 2004 08:11:04
Could it be: ten-years experience? as in two-year-old boy.
May 15 2005 18:17:36
The apostrophe means that a word is potentially missing.
means "Susan, her mother" (or, the mother of Susan)
"Ten years' experience" means "Ten years, their experience"
We would never actually say 'Ten years, their experience', but is simply a way of explaining the apostrophe here.
May 15 2005 20:05:09
Abbie, this phrase is sort of "illogical", because
in this case would belong to
, but in fact it belongs to the person who has the experience.
May 16 2005 17:46:17
Good point Latin. maybe it doesn't need an apostrophe at all!!
May 16 2005 17:51:33
Experience of ten years = ten years' experience
Mother of Susan = Susan's mother
Mar 29 2010 14:19:47
The apostrophe in "Susan's mother" is showing ownership. The apostrophe in "ten years' experience" makes years both plural and posessive. There are 10 years (plural) and the years refer to the experience (posessive).
Jan 21 2012 22:42:20
I believe the apostrophe is a substitution for "of". In other words, "Ten years of experience" becomes "Ten years' experience."
Mar 05 2012 18:26:33
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