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    - Mr Josh just got a gold medal in the weight-lifting contest for old people in the age of eighties.

    - Does this sentence make any sense?

    Thanks very much,

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    Default Re: In the age of eighties

    Hi,

    I can understand what you mean but it isn't good English.

    Much better would be

    Mr Josh has just won a gold medal in the weight lifting contest for the over eighties.

    or perhaps

    Mr Josh has just won a gold medal in the over eighties weight lifting contest.

    Regards

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    Default Re: In the age of eighties

    Quote Originally Posted by namloan View Post
    - Mr Josh just got a gold medal in the weight-lifting contest for old people in the age of eighties.

    - Does this sentence make any sense?

    Thanks very much,
    It would be better as "Mr Josh has just won a gold medal in the over-eighty's weight lifting competion".

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    Default Re: In the age of eighties

    Quote Originally Posted by namloan View Post
    - Mr Josh just got a gold medal in the weight-lifting contest for old people in the age of eighties.

    - Does this sentence make any sense?

    Thanks very much,
    It makes sense in that we know what you mean, but it makes better English as,

    Mr. Josh just got a gold medal in the weight-lifting contest for people in their eighties.

    You don't need the "old" because if they're in their eighties, we know they're old.

    buggles (not a teacher)

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    Default Re: In the age of eighties

    Lastly, if "Josh" is his surname/family name, that's okay, but in the US, it's a common given name.

    Josh Johnson is Mr. Johnson, not Mr. Josh.
    Tim Peterson is Mr. Peterson, not Mr. Tim.
    Barbara Anderson is Ms. Anderson, not Ms. Barb.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: In the age of eighties

    'In their eighties' is more specific than 'over eighties', but there's unlikely to be a class for people in their nineties! In fact, I'm fast approaching the age at which I'm in the oldest-possible class - for most activities it's 60 or 65 and above.

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    Default Re: In the age of eighties

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    It would be better as "Mr Josh has just won a gold medal in the over-eighty's weight lifting competion".
    I'd prefer '...in the over-eighties' weight lifting competition'.

    Rover

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    Default Re: In the age of eighties

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I'd prefer '...in the over-eighties' weight lifting competition'.

    Rover
    Yes, you are right. I thought that perhaps there was only one person aged over eighty who would want to take part in a weight lifting competition.

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    Default Re: In the age of eighties

    I am surprised that no one has used the word octogenarian yet as it's most often heard on the news in describing OAPs.

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    Default Re: In the age of eighties

    Yes, but it's not (typically) used to describe sporting classes (although, in a sporting context - say, a commentary - it might be used to describe the participants).

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