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    Hi All,

    The other day I found myself in trouble trying to explain the difference between those expressions. Could you please help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by solg View Post
    Hi All,

    The other day I found myself in trouble trying to explain the difference between those expressions. Could you please help?
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    Thanks!
    3 years' experience = (possessive form; belonging to a group of three years). Experience acquired during three years.
    EX: I have three years' experience on the job.

    3 year's experience = (improper possessive form) This apostrophe is improperly placed. If it were one year it would be correct. (See above example for proper position of apostrophe.)
    EX: I have one year's experience on the job.

    3-year experience = a singular experience with a duration of three years.
    EX: Sailing around the world was a three year experience.
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    Wow! That was really thorough and clear! (̀ᴗ́)و ̑̑

    Thanks, Vicente!

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    Please, look out for the way Vicente used both accepted versions:

    a) to have/hold three years' experience
    b) a 3-year experience

    These are nuances, but that make a difference when it comes to using the proper grammar.

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    Thank you solg; and gentle. It's always nice to know I have helped someone.
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