Results 1 to 10 of 10
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Swedish
      • Home Country:
      • Sweden
      • Current Location:
      • Sweden

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 1,044
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    is it correct English?

    are the words within quotation marks correct in English:

    she is about "a half year old".

    Since I am a musician, I sometimes I have to travel with my "work", because I work on a "record label". Is it correct to say "work / or job, or what else? I've never heard of "record label", is this a makeup word, or if not, what else do you say?

    thanks a lot


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,448
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: is it correct English?

    she is about "a half year old". - if this refers to a baby, generally we say "six months old"/"about six months".

  1. Casiopea's Avatar

    • Join Date: Sep 2003
    • Posts: 12,970
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: is it correct English?

    Six months old, yes. As for a half year old, you'll need to move the article, like this, She's about half a year old.

    All the best.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Swedish
      • Home Country:
      • Sweden
      • Current Location:
      • Sweden

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 1,044
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: is it correct English?

    "half a year old", yes, that's what I was thinking, too. And by the way, it's about a cat.
    Last edited by bianca; 28-Apr-2007 at 22:46.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,448
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: is it correct English?

    I think we would still say "six months old".

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Romanian
      • Home Country:
      • Romania
      • Current Location:
      • Romania

    • Join Date: Aug 2006
    • Posts: 1,885
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: is it correct English?

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    "half a year old", yes, that's what I was thinking, too. It's about a cat.
    Hi

    It/She is a six-month old cat.
    It is a half a year cat.
    It is six months old.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Swedish
      • Home Country:
      • Sweden
      • Current Location:
      • Sweden

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 1,044
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: is it correct English?

    You are free to say however you wish, regardless of whether it's a cat or not. My point was not that, but "half a year" is correct instead of "a half year". And Teia, you've made some mistakes there...

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • Romanian
      • Home Country:
      • Romania
      • Current Location:
      • Romania

    • Join Date: Aug 2006
    • Posts: 1,885
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: is it correct English?

    Quote Originally Posted by bianca View Post
    You are free to say however you wish, regardless of whether it's a cat or not. My point was not that, but "half a year" is correct instead of "a half year". And Teia, you've made some mistakes there...
    Hi Bianca

    What are the mistakes I have made?

    She is half a year/ six months old.-linking verb "be"
    She is half-a-month old baby. -attributively used
    She is a half -a -year old baby.-attributively used

  2. Casiopea's Avatar

    • Join Date: Sep 2003
    • Posts: 12,970
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #9

    Re: is it correct English?

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    What are the mistakes I have made?
    It/She is a six-month old cat.
    It is a half a year cat. (Note, It is half a year old or It is a half year old >
    It is six months old. & (The dash is optional, but consistency is also important. )

    All the best.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Swedish
      • Home Country:
      • Sweden
      • Current Location:
      • Sweden

    • Join Date: Apr 2007
    • Posts: 1,044
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #10

    Wink Re: is it correct English?

    Hi Teia

    What I do know is basically:

    Hyphenate when age is an adjective, noun or predicate noun.

    A half-year-old daughter. Her daughter is a half-year-old.

    Do not hyphenate when age is a predicate adjective.

    Her daughter is half a year old.

    In your sentences:

    She is a six-month-old baby (check out the dash).

    She is a half-year-old baby.

    She is six months old.


    But here, with the word baby at the end of thesentence, I reckon that I'd rather use months than year (sounds better to me, anyway). My former sentence sounded smth like "she is half-a-year old."
    Last edited by bianca; 29-Apr-2007 at 08:36.

Similar Threads

  1. Help
    By zhangjin in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 22
    Last Post: 29-Mar-2008, 19:47
  2. Can any native in English correct it, please?
    By ieasy in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 24-Oct-2006, 23:54

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •