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The thesis is riddled with stuff about how many "days supply" of something there was. Is "days" an adjective, in which case it needs no apostrophe, or a possessive, in which case it should be "days' supply"?

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partly_bouncy
25th Apr, 2006 22:20 (UTC)
I would opt on the side of using the apostrophe. (And googling both forms shows much more usage of posessive than not using that.)
mishaslair
25th Apr, 2006 22:35 (UTC)
In journalism, we would treat it as a possessive. But I'm American, so take that as you will. ;-)
mistraltoes
25th Apr, 2006 23:45 (UTC)
Definitely a plural possessive, as in "a supply of x days". Days' supply.
foolzero
25th Apr, 2006 23:56 (UTC)
I'm having trouble picturing "days" as an adjective under any conditions so I'd go with the possessive.

I'm also accustomed to reading of "a three-day supply" of something or other. That sounds American to me for some reason but I'm not in a good position to judge, being mostly immersed in American English.
kalypso_v
26th Apr, 2006 01:32 (UTC)
Use the apostrophe.
hawkeye7
26th Apr, 2006 09:23 (UTC)
Apostrophes added.
mamajoan
26th Apr, 2006 11:58 (UTC)
I'm a bit late, but yes, definitely use the apostrophes. When I had a job proofreading job listings, we were repeatedly reminded that there must be an apostrophe in "X years' experience" (or else it could be "X years of experience with no apostrophe).
miss_spunk
26th Apr, 2006 22:43 (UTC)
Apostraphe needed!
miss_spunk
26th Apr, 2006 22:43 (UTC)
Apparantly I can't spell.
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