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    45 years old or young woman

    Can I say "45 years young woman" ? Or it's better do the classic way "45 years old woman" ?

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    Re: 45 years old or young woman

    **Neither a teacher nor a native-speaker**

    Maybe, it would be done to compliment a 45 years old woman by playing on the word "old". But I don't think that it makes your phrase grammatical.

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    Re: 45 years old or young woman

    Quote Originally Posted by Rona 12 View Post
    Can I say "45 years young woman" ? Or it's better do the classic way "45 years old woman" ?
    We'd normally use the phrase, "A forty five year old woman."

    Notice, year not years.

    Sometimes if we want to stress that someone seems to be a lot younger than they are, we might describe them as being.......

    Sixty five years young

    but that's just a way of flattering that particular person, it's certainly not a general way of giving a person's age.


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    Re: 45 years old or young woman

    If you feel that using the word old will offend, you could say a woman at age 45. A woman aged 45.

    I am not a teacher, and I am waaaayyyy past 45, I find our collective hangup with women's ages and weights a real bore. I celebrate the fact that I am still looking at the grass from the top.

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    Re: 45 years old or young woman

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    If you feel that using the word old will offend, you could say a woman at age 45. A woman aged 45.

    I am not a teacher, and I am waaaayyyy past 45, I find our collective hangup with women's ages and weights a real bore. I celebrate the fact that I am still looking at the grass from the top.
    In the UK, it's customary to say, e.g. "I'm thirty years old" or "She's a forty year old woman" and this carries no offensive connotations.

    Similarly, I don't mind how old I am just as long as I keep getting older!

    Incidentally, we'd usually say, "A woman of age forty five".

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    Re: 45 years old or young woman

    How silly. You would never think "a 4-year-old boy" implies old. Why would you assume "a 43-year-old woman" implies old? The "43-years-young" is just a play on words to emphasize someone's youthful attitude.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: 45 years old or young woman

    that's what I thought but I was asking on behalf of someone who thinks that once u say old it really means old.

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    Re: 45 years old or young woman

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    If you feel that using the word old will offend, you could say a woman at age 45. A woman aged 45.

    I am not a teacher, and I am waaaayyyy past 45, I find our collective hangup with women's ages and weights a real bore. I celebrate the fact that I am still looking at the grass from the top.

    Really cool the expression : looking the grass from the top

    I'll make a note of it (?)

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    Re: 45 years old or young woman

    Quote Originally Posted by Rona 12 View Post
    that's what I thought but I was asking on behalf of someone who thinks that once u say old it really means old.
    Rona, go back and ask that person what they think someone means when they say the have a six-week-old baby.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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