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    I have five years' experience in this field

    Hello teachers,

    Can you tell me how we pronounce the word years' in the sentence below.

    I have five years' experience in this field.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: I have five years' experience in this field

    yeerz

    It rhymes with ears.
    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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    #3

    Re: I have five years' experience in this field

    . . .and 'beers'.

    Cheers!

    Rover

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    Re: I have five years' experience in this field

    Golly, I wish I'd thought of that!
    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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    #5

    Re: I have five years' experience in this field

    I have five years of experience in this field.

    Is this sentence OK?

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    Re: I have five years' experience in this field

    That's fine.
    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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    #7

    Re: I have five years' experience in this field

    There is no apostrophe (') in the word years. The apostrophe is used from possessives, not plurals.

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    Re: I have five years' experience in this field

    jreed, welcome to the forums. If you're not a teacher, please identify that in your post.

    As it is, your comment is incorrect. Yes, the apostrophe is used to form possessives, and yes, it does not forum a plural. But this does act as a possessive here.

    Five years' experience
    Five years of experience
    NOT Five years experience
    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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    #9

    Re: I have five years' experience in this field

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    yeerz

    It rhymes with ears.
    I thought years' was pronounced as yeerzez, like else's in the sentence below?

    I cannot look for someone else's help.

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    Re: I have five years' experience in this field

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    I thought years' was pronounced as yeerzez, like else's in the sentence below?

    I cannot look for someone else's help.
    No, it isn't.

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