Re: Years(') of experience

Subject: Re: Years(') of experience
From: John Ahlstrom <jahlstro -at- CISCO -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 1997 12:56:33 -0800

Geoff Hart wrote:

> One thing to remember is that some phrases, such as "2
> years [or years'] experience", are idiomatic, and thus
> immune to analysis logic and grammar. Grammatically, it
> would probably be "2 years' experience" because, as others
> have noted, it is "the experience of [possessed by] two
> years". It's still an awkard phrase.

--snip snip
How in the name of all the angels (idiomatic emphatic)
can a year possess anything? Be composed of months, days
and so forth but be the owner of?

John Ahlstrom
jahlstrom -at- cisco -dot- com

Paranoia means having all the facts.
-- Wm Burroughs

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