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    Default I have several questions.

    hi dear teachers, I have several questions.

    when we describe old people, we say they are tolerant, congenial and giving. what's the meaning of "giving"?
    some people said the old were dottering. what's the meaning of "dottering"? I can not look it up in dictionary.

    traditionally, wowen are described as scatterbrained. what's the meaning of the word "scatterbrained". Does it mean "not faithful in love" or what ?

    By 2025, the proportion of over 65's is expected to reach 18.9%.
    what does "65's" mean? why is there "'s" after 65. does it mean 65 years old?

    thanks

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    Default Re: I have several questions.

    giving = generous
    dottering- I think you might mean 'doddering', which is when an elderly person can't walk very well
    scatterbrained- doesn't concentrate, goes from one thing to another without connections, not logical
    over 65's/over 65s = all people who are over the age of 65

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    Default Re: I have several questions.

    Giving, when used as an adjective, means generous.

    Dottering means to have lessened mental abilities, feeble-minded.

    Scatterbrained means incapable of concentrated, linear thought. A scatter brained person's thoughts move at random from one subject to the next.

    65's does indeed mean people aged 65 (or above). In America, 65 is the usual age of retirement. The current convention for making plurals is to use the letter s without an apostrophe, although many people still use the apostrophe. Personally, I think that this sentence is a poor construction. There are much clearer ways of saying that the percentage of people over 65 is rising.

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    Default Re: I have several questions.

    65 is the reitrement age here in the UK, too. The apostophe is common in plural dates and acronyms, though I can't see the need for it.

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