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    #1

    in five years time / in five year's time / in five years' time

    Job interview between a new teacher and a boss

    Boss: "19. Where do you see yourself in five years time?"

    Teacher: "I have just graduated and I know I need to learn a lot. My plan is to be a really good teacher in five years time, to be proud on the work I do every day. In 5 years, I see myself in a senior position, having more responsibilities, coaching other employees and managing more students. I can see many challenges lying ahead of me, which I am eager to experience. I love this job and I would be happy to work as an elementary teacher in many years to come. I see myself as a good role model for many children in my classes. That would be nice and would make me satisfied in five years."

    Hi,
    I have some doubts on the red part. I don't know if it needs an apostrophe or not.

    in five years time
    in five year's time
    in five years' time

    These are confusing to me. Which is correct and which is wrong?

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    #2

    Re: in five years time / in five year's time / in five years' time

    You need in five years' time.

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    #3

    Re: in five years time / in five year's time / in five years' time

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    Where do you see yourself in five years' time?

    to be proud on of the work I do every day.

    I would be happy to work as an elementary teacher in for many years to come.
    See above corrections.

    Quote Originally Posted by xiaoen View Post
    would make me satisfied in five years."
    That doesn't make sense.

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    #4

    Re: in five years time / in five year's time / in five years' time

    It's simpler to just say "in five years." It means the same thing.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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