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    1 year(s) old

    Hi

    I have a 1 years old son. OR I have a 1 year old son.

    --- Should I say: "year" or "years"?

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    Re: 1 year(s) old

    As far as I know you should always stick to the "year".

    One-year-old
    Three-year-old

    (etc.)

    This is what my translation site says:
    dict.cc | 1 year | Deutsch-Wrterbuch

    P.S. Neither a teacher nor a native speaker...

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    Exclamation Re: 1 year(s) old

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    As far as I know you should always stick to the "year".

    One-year-old
    Three-year-old
    (etc.)

    This is what my translation site says:
    dict.cc | 1 year | Deutsch-Wrterbuch

    P.S. Neither a teacher nor a native speaker...

    Cheers!
    Nightmare85 is absolutely right. You can say:
    I have a son one-yesr(three-year)-old. Here one-year(three-year)old is one word with three adjectives joined by hyphen.
    Or
    I have a son who is one year (or three years) old.
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    Re: 1 year(s) old

    So there shouldn't be an "s" after the word "year"? One year old son instead of One years old son.

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    Exclamation Re: 1 year(s) old

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    So there shouldn't be an "s" after the word "year"? One year old son instead of One years old son.
    No apostrope's or s. ‘old’ is an adjective and it modifies the noun son. When you say:
    I have a 1 years old son= I have a 1-year-old son. (the underlined expression is one word adjective, to remove the confusion i have modified the previous post to join the three adjectives to make one.)
    A six-month-old baby, a ten-year-old relationship.
    This 40-year-old woman was hospitalized for gastric trouble

    Of course use of hyphen is optional. Here is news item from the web:
    66 year old Elizabeth Adeney caused a sensation earlier this month when she announced that she is eight months pregnant with her first child.

    But when you answer question like this:
    How old are you?
    I am forty years old. (forty modifies year which is a countable noun)
    Last edited by sarat_106; 13-Feb-2010 at 12:09.

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