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    Default Apostrophe+s with weeks time, days time etc..

    Do we have to use apostrophe+s with weeks, days, months etc when used in sentences like?
    He will return home in a weeks(week's?) time.
    Court's decision is expected in a months(month's?) time.
    If anyone could please enlighten me.

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    Default Re: Apostrophe+s with weeks time, days time etc..

    The apostrophe (of possession) is used here, because the time period discussed belongs, to a week, a month etc.

    "The court's decision is expected in the time of a month", if it helps you to think like that. (NB: you shouldn't actually say that, it's just something to help you).

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    Default Re: Apostrophe+s with weeks time, days time etc..

    Quote Originally Posted by aachu View Post
    Do we have to use apostrophe+s with weeks, days, months etc when used in sentences like?
    He will return home in a weeks(week's?) time.
    Yes

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    Default Re: Apostrophe+s with weeks time, days time etc..

    Thank you. But I still didn't get, whether we use 's or just s.
    He will return home in a weeks time.
    Or
    He will return home in a week's time.

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    Default Re: Apostrophe+s with weeks time, days time etc..

    Quote Originally Posted by aachu View Post
    Thank you. But I still didn't get, whether we use 's or just s.
    He will return home in a weeks time.
    Or
    He will return home in a week's time.
    Really?
    Quote Originally Posted by Calis View Post
    The apostrophe (of possession) is used here
    Quote Originally Posted by aachu
    Do we have to use apostrophe+s
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol
    Yes
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Apostrophe+s with weeks time, days time etc..

    Hi
    Yes you need to write "He will return home in a week's time." It's an apostrophe S which we just write the apostrophe because the word is in the plural form and already has one s so you just put the apostrophe after the S.
    He will return home in a weeks' time = He will return home one week later.
    She 's going to the US in a months' time = She 's going to the US one month later.
    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Apostrophe+s with weeks time, days time etc..

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Hi
    Yes you need to write "He will return home in a week's time." It's an apostrophe S which we just write the apostrophe because the word is in the plural form and already has one s so you just put the apostrophe after the S.
    He will return home in a weeks' time = He will return home one week later.
    She 's going to the US in a months' time = She 's going to the US one month later.
    Good luck!
    That is not correct, moonlike. You need to write

    'He will return home in a week's time.'

    'She's going to the US in a month's time.'

    Note also that there should be no space between she and 's.

    Rover

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    Default Re: Apostrophe+s with weeks time, days time etc..

    Oh yeah! sorry! I goofed.Actually I meant she's going to the US in two weeks' time.Sorry! here, week is plural . Rover is right she's going to the US in a week's time.

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    Default Re: Apostrophe+s with weeks time, days time etc..

    Quote Originally Posted by moonlike View Post
    Oh yeah! Sorry! I goofed. Actually I meant "She's going to the US in two weeks' time". Sorry! Here, "weeks" is plural. Rover is right - "She's going to the US in a week's time".
    Moonlike - please remember to make the example sentences stand out from the rest of a post by enclosing them in quotation marks, or differentiating them from the rest of the post in some other way (different colour or italics can both work).

    He is going in a week's time.
    She is coming back in a month's time.
    He is going on holiday in three weeks' time.
    They are starting work there in two months' time.

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    Default Re: Apostrophe+s with weeks time, days time etc..

    Sure.

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