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    Possessive Case: The Apostrophe

    Hi,

    1)Three days' work.
    Three day's work.
    Three day work.

    2)Three weeks' courses
    Three week's courses
    Three week courses.

    Do they have the same meaning?
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    Re: Possessive Case: The Apostrophe

    1 I would use the first.
    2 I would use three-week courses.

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    Re: Possessive Case: The Apostrophe

    Which one is OK to use?

    A three gallon jar or a three gallon's jar or a three gallons' jar.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: Possessive Case: The Apostrophe

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Which one is OK to use?

    A three gallon jar or a three gallon's jar or a three gallons' jar.

    Thanks again.
    Only the first one is correct.

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    #5

    Re: Possessive Case: The Apostrophe

    I would add that I would consider it correct only with a hyphen. A three-gallon jar.
    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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    Re: Possessive Case: The Apostrophe

    If I may, I'd like to add that in this case there is no possession. Three-gallon is giving a characteristic to the jar. It works as an adjective here. Such as:
    Twenty-day vacation, three-day holiday, etc.
    Last edited by BrunaBC; 03-Jun-2012 at 23:41. Reason: typo
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