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    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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    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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    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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    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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    #5

    Re: How old were you being

    Ok. Would you omit it?

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    #6

    Re: How old were you being

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    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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    Re: How old were you being

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

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    #8

    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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    #9

    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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    #10

    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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