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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #107335: What's your age?
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    What's your age?


    1) The basics : in English, to ask or to give somebody's age, you must use the verb TO BE and not 'to have', as done in many languages...


    ex : Tom is twelve (years old). ('years old' can be omitted.)

    ex : I'm not the same age AS Tom.


    ex : My sister and Tom ARE the same age.






                      





    2) To express an approximate age, you can use decades


    To be in one's teens (from 10 to 19) and we can even be more precise, saying:  'to be in his early teens' (12- 13- 14)  or (17-18-19) = 'to be in her late teens'. 


    The same is done for all decades:


    in his late twenties / late 20's.


    35 = in his mid thirties (30's)


    47 = in her late forties (40's)


    52 = in his early fifties (50's)


    68 = in her late sixties (60´s) , seventies (70's), eighties (80's), nineties (90's)....




    This construction is very useful when you have to describe some characters having (or giving) only an  approximate idea of their ages. 


    ex : The woman in the foreground must be in her early fifties, and she's helping a very wrinkled man in his late eighties, whereas her son, in his late teens or early twenties is carrying their luggage.




    3) Another structure is often used to give an age in a written description: a compound adjective 
    ex : He is a typical seventeen-year-old teenager and is very keen on video games...


    BEWARE ! Considered as an adjective, the noun 'year' can't take an -s !



                                                                 







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    1) How old do you think he is? It's difficult to say, he may be ... I'd say or three ...
    2) Look at this article... it's about Mickey Mouse... Do you know ? He's ageless ... He or fifty ... He looks (he has a girlfriend Minnie!). I know than the age he looks. Errr! He may well be , but the fact is that he is a fictional character .
    3) 'You can't go to see that film if . How old are you?' '13'... 'but your ID says you're ten...' 'Errr... In fact, I'll be ten in a month... Sorry!'
    4) No, I'm sorry! You can't have a free ticket unless or over 65! I see... Well! Too bad! One adult, please...
    5) In this picture, I can see a man who and a very old woman or nineties who is in a wheelchair.
    6) My grandchild is a darling! She is , but she's so tall that she looks at least 6!
    7) In the 1960s, the Beatles were singing : ' Will you love me when '! Now that that age, they must be smiling (or crying ...) when hearing that song ....








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