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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!

Andy
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No. I assume you are talking about the length of a piece of wood and not a foot made of wood. If the wood is two feet long, then you have two feet of wood.
Superbly answered, Thank You
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Why use the apostrophe? Because years is a possessive form.

Examples:

The opinion of the group is the group's opinion.
The reputation of the man is the man's reputation.
The rivalry of the teams is the teams' rivalry.
The pay of a week is a week's pay.
The sabbatical of a year is a year's sabbatical.
The experience of five years is five years' experience.

Many people don't like the "years' experience" construction, and I don't blame them. It's odd. But it is also correct.

So, 1500 hours' flying experience or 10 years' working in IT? I don't think so.