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    "He's probably nearing 40 years of age. He sure knows how to clearly express an idea." Would this sentence sound OK?

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    Default Re: to near + age

    I would say He's nearing 40, but not years of age.

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    Default Re: to near + age

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "He's probably nearing 40 years of age. He sure knows how to clearly express an idea." Would this sentence sound OK?
    The second half is very informal, especially the "He sure knows how ..."
    The first half sounds rather unnatural to me. I would use "He's probably nearly 40" or "He's probably close to 40". Unless it's really unclear what the context is, you don't need to add "years of age".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    "He's probably nearing 40 years of age. He sure knows how to clearly express an idea." Would this sentence sound OK?
    I can't see any logical connection between the two sentences.

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    Default Re: to near + age

    Me either. That's what we've been given by our teachers to translate.

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