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    Years of experience / Ten years' experience

    1. Years of experience have given him a down-to-earth approach that'll show you how to make your computer work for you.
    2. Ten years of experience have given him a down-to-earth approach that'll show you how to make your computer work for you.
    3. Years' experience has given him a down-to-earth approach that'll show you how to make your computer work for you.
    4. Ten years' experience has given him a down-to-earth approach that'll show you how to make your computer work for you.

    Which of the above sentences is not acceptable?
    Last edited by sitifan; 29-Mar-2014 at 08:43.
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    #2

    Re: Years of experience / Ten years' experience

    #3, but I don't see how experience makes you down to earth.
    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: Years of experience / Ten years' experience

    Is there any difference in meaning between #2 and #4?
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    #4

    Re: Years of experience / Ten years' experience

    Two and four have the same meaning.

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    #5

    Re: Years of experience / Ten years' experience

    But ten years of experience should be followed by a plural verb (have). Ten years' experience is followed by singular verb (has). Am I right?
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    #6

    Re: Years of experience / Ten years' experience

    Yes.

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    #7

    Re: Years of experience / Ten years' experience

    Note the correct spelling of "make". It's not "meake".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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