Even in those days, this was incredibly rude! Giving the President of your country only seventeen days'' notice before making a speech, especially as he wasn’t top of the bill, would be unthinkable today! So, the day arrived, and Everett, well prepared, displayed his oratorical skills in a speech which lasted over two hours. Lincoln, on the other hand, spoke for just over two minutes.

I guess there is a mistake in the above context. It should be seventeen day's notice, not seventeen days notice, but I am not sure. Am I right or not?


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You're right that it's a typo, but the corrected version is not what you think.

Seventeen days is a plural noun. Therefore, the possessive apostrophe goes after the s:

seventeen days' notice

Only if it were a singular noun would the apostrophe go before an added s:

one day's notice

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