AEE 177: When and How do You Talk About Age in English?

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Today, in #12 of our countdown of the Top 15 Fixes in English series, we’ll be discussing what is polite (and not so polite) about doing this in America!

In some cultures it is important to know another person’s age, but an old American saying is “Never ask a woman her age or weight.”

It’s often unusual and unnecessary to ask about age, and doing so might raise suspicions that you are really asking about something else.

But this cultural aspect is not the only thing that can go wrong.  There’s also a common grammar issue!

Many English learners use the verb to have for age, and often this comes from a direct translation from their native language.

But in English, we use to be for age, as in, “I am 30 years old” or “He is 30 years old.”

 

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How do you talk about age in your language?

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