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05 / 04 / 2005

HOW OLD ARE YOU? (1): meaning and examples

Good morning. Even the most advanced students sometimes have trouble answering the following question: How old are you? Despite usually being taught in the first week of our English studies, the expression ...years old... is often used incorrectly by students, or is not used at all. If I ask you how old you are, you have two options. Consider the following examples Example 1: Speaker 1: How old are you? Speaker 2: I am thirty years old. Example 2: Speaker 1: How old are you? Speaker 2: I am thirty. You CANNOT say: "I am thirty years". And of course, you cannot use the verb "to have" with age in English. In English we DO NOT say "I have thirty years." Also, remember that the expression ...years old... does not mean that the person you are referring to is "old." Example 3: My son is five years old. In example 3, my son is anything but "old." He is very young, but we use this expression with everybody, it doesn't matter how old or young they are. If you have any questions about how to say your age in English, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a great day!