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days rest or days' rest or something else

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by BB Bobcat, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. BB Bobcat

    BB Bobcat Active Member

    ...as in Carlos Zambrano is pitching on three days rest.

    The apostrophe seems unnecessary, but I see it a lot.
  2. Dan Rydell

    Dan Rydell Guest

    Echo the apostrophe.

    Three days' rest.

    Two years' probation.

    An often-overlooked rule.
  3. reformedhack

    reformedhack Well-Known Member

    I'll third the motion. It's a possessive. Thus "the rest of three days" equals "three days' rest." Ditto for "18 years' experience" -- it's "the experience of 18 years."
  4. BB Bobcat

    BB Bobcat Active Member

    Seems odd to me, but I'll buy it.

    Thanks guys.
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