ENGLISHPairs of Words

Age & Aged

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1. After the verb BE, say ‘Be + number’ or ‘Be + number + years old’; e.g.

Rohit is almost twelve.
= Rohit is almost twelve years old.

INCORRECT: I’m at the age of 22.
CORRECT: I’m 22. OR I’m 22 years old.

NOTE-I: Do not use AGE and YEARS OLD together. The usual way of mentioning someone’s age is ‘Be + number’; e.g.

She’ll be sixteen next August.

INCORRECT: His age is about fifty-five years old.
CORRECT: He’s about fifty-five. OR He’s about fifty-five years old.

NOTE-II: Say ‘Be my/your/etc. age’ or ‘Be the same age (as somebody’s)’

a) When I was your age, I was already in a sort of job.
b) Most of my friends are the same age as me.

INCORRECT: Soon you’ll be of my age.
CORRECT: Soon you’ll be my age.

INCORRECT: I think we are at the same age.
CORRECT: I think we are the same age.

2. Phrases with AGE as their main word usually begin with AT (not IN); e.g.

INCORRECT: In the age of 18, you are allowed to drive a car.
CORRECT: At the age of 18, you are allowed to drive a car.

INCORRECT: My father left school at aged fourteen.
CORRECT: My father left school at fourteen. OR My father left school at the age of fourteen.

3. When you mention two ages after a noun, use the following:

Aged + number + and + number         or        Number + and + number + years of Age

INCORRECT: They have two children in the age of 8 and 12 years.
CORRECT: They have two children aged 8 and 12. OR They have two children, 8 and 12 years of age.

4. When you mention an age range after a noun, use the following:

Aged + number + to + number        or        Between the ages of + number + and + number

INCORRECT: These books are for children at the age of from 4 to 6 years.
CORRECT: These books are for children aged 4 to 6. OR These books are for children between the ages of 4 and 6.

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