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    Default AGE

    "He moved out at age 20."

    Could "at" be dropped without ill effects?

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    Default Re: AGE

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    "He moved out at age 20."

    Could "at" be dropped without ill effects?
    Depends what you mean by "ill effects". Would I understand? Yes. Is it natural/common/correct? No.

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    Default Re: AGE

    I meant could "at" be dropped without the sentence being marked wrong?

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    Default Re: AGE

    No, leave it there.

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    Default Re: AGE

    I'd say, in written/formal contexts certainly use 'at'. It's grammatically correct.

    In spoken/informal contexts you could leave 'at' out and be understood. The only reason I can see for leaving it out is that it's slightly easier and quicker to pronounce the sentence 'He moved out aged 20' than 'He moved out at age 20'.

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    Default Re: AGE

    I would never drop "at" there. I would consider dropping "aged" there, though.

    He moved out at 20. She married at 18. She had her first child at 24.
    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: AGE

    age
    — used to indicate an age or time
    ▪ He plans to retire at (age) 65. ▪ He called us at (about/exactly) 9 o'clock on July 24. ▪ at dawn/noon/sunset/night ▪ I still think of her at certain moments/times. ▪ He was president of the company at (the time of) his death.

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    Default Re: AGE

    Maybe it's a BrE difference, but I would use at the age of/aged 20.

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