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  • The crime can be punished by up to ten years jail.

    429 53.23%
  • The crime can be punished by up to ten years' jail.

    269 33.37%
  • They are both correct.

    108 13.40%
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Thread: Apostrophes

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    a ten-year term
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    ten years' term

    In the sentence in question it's not the apostrophe but the word 'jail' used as a 'time-measurable event' that confuses me.

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    I agree Mate.

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    yeah, i was right, first sentence is correct!!! Apostrophe cant be used in this sentence.

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    Default Re: Apostrophes

    I'd say the second is good
    The use of GENITIVE
    - people: John's book
    - temporal expression: a week's holiday
    - distance: a mile's distance
    - figure of speech, small animals: at a snail's pace

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    Default Re: Apostrophes

    35 posts, and the discussion continues. Posts #2 and 3 sum it up for me.

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