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    Default How old were you being

    Hello.

    Is it correct to ask, 'How old were you being when you first visited a Chinese restaurant'
    Or being is not necessary here?

    Thanks, Alex.

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    Default Re: How old were you being

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    Is it correct to ask, 'How old were you being when you first visited a Chinese restaurant'
    Or being is not necessary here?

    Thanks, Alex.
    Not necessary or correct.

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    Default Re: How old were you being

    Using of being here was incorrect that it wasn't necessary.
    Have I got this right?

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    Default Re: How old were you being

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Using of being here was incorrect that it wasn't necessary.
    Have I got this right?
    The use of being is not correct.

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    Default Re: How old were you being

    Ok. Would you omit it?

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    Default Re: How old were you being

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Ok. Would you omit it?
    As it's incorrect and the sentence is fine without it, don't you think it would seem logical to omit it?

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    Default Re: How old were you being

    I am sorry I haven't read thoroughly the reply before yours ...

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    Default Re: How old were you being

    Simple rule:

    How old are you?
    How old were you?
    How old were you when ... ?
    How old will you be when ... ?

    That's it. We do not use another verb after "are you/were you/will you be" when talking about age. It's not a case of omitting it by choice.

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    Default Re: How old were you being

    You could devise a context where it would be possible to use it, but it would be highly artifical- an actor playing a character at a certain age might just about work. In an ordinary question, it's an error IMO.

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    Default Re: How old were you being

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    ... an actor playing a character at a certain age might just about work. ...
    I am sorry I didn't understand this part. There are no verb after might and I haven't encountered such grammar structure so far.
    Could you please clarify?

    Thanks, Alex.

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