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    #11

    Re: Specific use of apostrophe with the word 'ago'

    As usual, I'd prefer to think about the semantics rather than the grammar. Simply put, prepositions are ways of expressing different kinds of relations between 'things', whatever those things may be.

    Both in and ago can express a temporal relation between the present moment and a point in future and past time respectively.

    in ten minutes
    ten minutes ago

    I can't see how it is possible to understand ago as an adverb in such a simple phrase as above since there is neither a verb nor an adjective to pair it to.

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    #12

    Re: Specific use of apostrophe with the word 'ago'

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I can't see how it is possible to understand ago as an adverb in such a simple phrase as above since there is neither a verb nor an adjective to pair it to.
    So 'earlier' is a preposition in 'ten years earlier'?
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    #13

    Re: Specific use of apostrophe with the word 'ago'

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    So 'earlier' is a preposition in 'ten years earlier'?
    If you're asking me about how I personally see things, in terms of meaning, I think it's kind of similar, yes.

    If you're asking about what part of speech it would traditionally be labelled, in terms of form, of course I would have to agree it's an adjective.

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    #14

    Re: Specific use of apostrophe with the word 'ago'

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    Adverb/Preposition/Whatever.

    This thread makes me question if an apostrophe could be appropriate in "In ten years' time, I will be..." [which I believe is correct] and if so, then it would be all right to write, "That was ten years' time ago" and therefore, to abbreviate it as "That was ten years' ago," which at first glance I thought was incorrect.
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    #15

    Re: Specific use of apostrophe with the word 'ago'

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    if so, then it would be all right to write, "That was ten years' time ago"
    No.
    and therefore, to abbreviate it as "That was ten years' ago," which at first glance I thought was incorrect.
    It is incorrect.
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