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    Default Turn or Get

    What is the difference between these two sentences?

    I turned a year older.

    I got a year older.

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    Both are understandable but neither is perfectly natural. Turned is normally used with a numeral, e.g. "He turned 21 yesterday."
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    Default Re: Turn or Get

    You can turn 30 overnight. You can't get a year older overnight.

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    Default Re: Turn or Get

    That means "turn" is supposed to be used with numbers viz-he turned 21 yesterday,and "get"-he got a year older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdpegasus View Post
    That means "turn" is supposed to be used with numbers viz-he turned 21 yesterday,and "get"-he got a year older.
    Yes. "Turn" is used with a number.

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    Default Re: Turn or Get

    If they both are not natural, Please provide an example which is natural.

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    I have to disagree with some of my colleagues. At least in AmE, "turn/turned a year older" is not uncommon. In a Google search, "turned a year older" resulted in 357,000 hits and "turn a year older" resulted in 254,000 hits.

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