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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:14:02 AM
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The offender was sentenced to 18 months' jail.

Is "18 months' jail" correct?

Thanks!
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2021 10:40:30 AM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
The offender was sentenced to 18 months' jail.

Is "18 months' jail" correct?

Thanks!


Only if one is extremely constrained for space, as in a newspaper column, perhaps. In such a case, we often see, and might expect, limited description wordings. It should be avoided, if possible, IMO. It's hard to imagine they didn't have room for the word, "in".

Normally, we say, "18 months in jail", or "18 months of jail time".
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