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    Default in his/her years // in his / her ages?

    What is the correct idiom describing an elderly person?
    She is in her ages. - Can I say so?
    He is in his years. - Is this sentence correct?

    I couldn't find idiomatic or set phrases related to old age in dictionaries (I found "to be in one's golden years", though. But should "golden" be always used? Can't it be omitted?)
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    Default Re: in his/her years // in his / her ages?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    What is the correct idiom describing an elderly person?
    None of the words in your title are idioms. You can say that someone is "in his/her dotage", or "is aged" (pronounced with two syllables). Generally we just describe elderly people as "elderly" or "old".
    There is a rather unpleasant idiom which my grandfather always used for very old people - "coffin dodger".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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