an hour's drive or an hours' drive

Discussion in 'English Only' started by cholandesa, Feb 22, 2007.

  1. cholandesa Senior Member

    Cusco, Tawantinsuyu
    The Netherlands, Dutch

    I´m almost positive it should be the former: an hour´s drive
    but wanted to get some feedback.
    Or does anyone know a good English grammar site that explains these kind of things?


  2. Ecossaise Senior Member

  3. Hi Elise,

    An hour's drive. :tick:

    I suggest you do a google search on "English Genitive Case".

  4. cholandesa Senior Member

    Cusco, Tawantinsuyu
    The Netherlands, Dutch
    Many thanks for your quick reply and the link!

  5. Prower Banned

    From time to time I run into the same construction but it lacks 's

    Is it a colloquial thing or a mistake? For example

    a two-hours' drive = a two-hour drive (colloquial or mistake?)
    a three-minutes' talk = a three-minute talk
    a four weeks'-work = a four week-work
  6. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    With the possessive, you don't use the article. Both forms are correct:

    It was two hours' drive from here.
    It was a two-hour drive from here.

    It was three minutes' walk away.
    It was a three-minute walk away.

    We had four weeks' holiday.
    (It could be four weeks together, or four weeks annually.)
    We had a four-week holiday.
    (All four weeks together.)

    A couple of things: I don't know what "a four week-work" or "a four-week work" might be, but here are some alternatives:
    It was a four-week assignment. (I wouldn't say "four weeks' assignment")
    We had four weeks' work ahead of us. (I wouldn't say "a four-week work")
  7. sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England

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