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    Smile year old/ years old

    Hello!

    Usually we say: "I am 5 year-old" (often when we talk about children)
    "I am 20 years-old
    (often when we talk about adults)

    Please could you tell me what's the difference, since the number 5 is plural why don't we say 5 years, instead of 5 year.


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    Default Re: year old/ years old

    Quote Originally Posted by Karima-19 View Post
    Hello!

    Usually we say: "I am 5 year-old" (often when we talk about children)
    "I am 20 years-old
    (often when we talk about adults)

    Please could you tell me what's the difference, since the number 5 is plural why don't we say 5 years, instead of 5 year.


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    We do say "I am X years old" no matter what number we put in.

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    Default Re: year old/ years old

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    We do say "I am X years old" no matter what number we put in.
    Do you mean I say "yearS old" in both forms adjective & verb construct? I guess there is a difference sir and that's what I'm asking for?

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    Default Re: year old/ years old

    Quote Originally Posted by Karima-19 View Post
    Do you mean I say "yearS old" in both forms adjective & verb construct? I guess there is a difference sir and that's what I'm asking for?
    We say "I am five/5 years old" or "I am a five year old (child)".

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    Default Re: year old/ years old

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    We say "I am five/5 years old" or "I am a five year old (child)".
    Okey! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karima-19 View Post
    Okay! Thanks
    Bhai.

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    Default Re: year old/ years old

    Just a note: A five-year-old child would get hyphens. (So would a fifty-year-old man.) The words with the hyphens work together to describe "child."
    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: year old/ years old

    Karima, please see the Similar Threads at the bottom of the page.

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