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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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