Unit 3.2

Inanimate Possessive Case in Time Phrases

Syntax

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Introduction

The possessive case is used to talk about things that belong to a person, an animal or a thing. {see Possessive Case, A1 level}.

We can use it with time phrases to express that something is connected to a certain period of time.

Form

We find possessive cases in time phrases. We form them by adding an apostrophe and an s (‘s) to singular time expressions or an apostrophe () to plural time expressions.

The structure of time phrases is:
…time expression + ‘s (possessive case)…

Example

  • Today’s newspaper (a newspaper that was published today).
  • A day’s work (a job that takes one day).
  • A week’s trip (a trip that lasts one week).
  • In a month’s time (a period that lasts one month).
  • Five years’ progress (a progress made in 5 years).
  • An hour’s work (a job that takes one hour).

Use

We use inanimate possessive case after time expressions, to show the belonging of an action to a specific period of time.

We use inanimate possessive case in time phrases, to show the belonging of an action to a specific period of time.

Summary

When the possessive case is combined with time expressions, we form time phrases to refer to something that belongs to a certain period of time.

They are formed by the time expression with an apostrophe and an s (‘s) to singular time expressions or an apostrophe () to plural ones.

For example:
Six years’ experience.” = When the possessive case apostrophe () is combined with the time phrase (six years), it indicates that experience belongs to a specific period of time.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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