Unit 3.2

Inanimate Possessive Case in Time Phrases

Introduction

The possessive case is used to talk about things that belong to a person, an animal or a thing.

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

  • I showed her the article you wrote in today’s newspaper.
  • Don’t worry, it only takes a day’s work.
  • We left for a week’s trip to Buenos Aires.
  • I’ll give you a month’s time to raise the money.
  • We will see if it was a good decision in two years’ time.
  • It’s an hour’s work at most. 

Use

We use inanimate possessive case after time expressions 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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