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?
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"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.
Anonymous:Experience of ten years = ten years' experience
Mother of Susan = Susan's mother
Anonymous: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).
Anonymous:I believe the apostrophe is a substitution for "of". In other words, "Ten years of experience" becomes "Ten years' experience."
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