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Is it a years work or a years work

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Is it "a year's work" or a years' work?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Jim Reilly replied 7 years ago.
Hello Helen and welcome to JustAnswer.

If you are referring to the amount of work done in a particular period of time, you are referring to a possessive case, which for a single year would be correctly written "a year's work". That is, singular "year", with the apostrophe and "s" added to indicate possessive case.

For multiple years, it would be grammatically correct to say, for example, "ten years' work". Plural "years", with the apostophe added to indicate possessive case.

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