Please can somebody explain when to use 'year's' and when to use 'years'? I am getting confused.

e.g. If I was to write I have a year's experience is that correct as you are only referring to one year?

Thanks in advance!

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Thanks CJ - this is a realy helpful explanation :-).

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CJ, I know this may sound stupid but what does possessive mean in the most simple of terms?

So would it be correct to say, "We want your input for this year's event."
AnonymousSo would it be correct to say, "We want your input for this year's event."
Yes. That's fine.

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I'd been pondering this question in another context for a while, and was searching for inspiration and came on this website.

There is an analogy with an abbreviated shopping list:
2 pts (of) milk
1 kg (of) potatoes

There is an implicit "of" in 5 years experience. The years don't own the experience, just as the pints don't own the milk.
If it is only one year. I would write "I have a year of experience".


If it's more than one year of experience then the following would be correct:

"I have two years' experience."
"I have two years of experience."

I believe this web-site has a very good explanation of proper, though be it awkward, apostrophy use.

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It's a measure of experience. Not ownership of experience. There is no possession involved in this situation.
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