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    " 1700s " and " 1940's "


    What does " 1700s " and " 1940's " mean in the context? Why is the fisrt one followed by " s ", and the second one followed by " 's " ? I do not know what is the difference between them.

    Thanks for your help.

    1.Well, you can image that there was some interest in why the 2.8 spot was skipped, but there wasn't anything obivous there, in the early telescopes. Then what happened in the late 1700s? The discovery of...?

    2.In fact, by the early 1940's, even though steel cables were available, most ships in the United States Navy were not moored with steel cables, they were moored with Manila hemp ropes.

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    Re: " 1700s " and " 1940's "

    There is no difference.

    1700s - the (100) years which made up the 16th century.

    1940's - the (10) years which made up the 1940's.

    E.g. Einstein's important work was done in the early years of the 1900s/1900's.

    These days the apostrophe is often omitted in such cases, but it is not incorrect to use one.

    I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by colloquium; 14-Aug-2008 at 16:57.

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    Re: " 1700s " and " 1940's "

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post

    1700s - the (100) years which made up the 16th century.
    18th century.


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