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    Hi, i have a question about "old"

    example 1 , i have a friend 50 years old.
    i'm using this sentence "my old firend"

    example 2 , i have a friend since 1960. he is my friend about 50 years
    i'm using this sentence "my old firend"

    Same sentences, if i say to him "my old friend" on web messenger, how does he understand what i say?

    Thanks, sorry my english, i'm newbie.

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    Re: My Old friend

    Hi,
    Welcome to the forums.
    I will try to correct your post as best I can and then I will try to answer your question.

    Quote Originally Posted by roidelune View Post
    Hi, I have a question about "old"

    Example 1 , I have a friend who is 50 years old.
    I'm using this sentence: "My old firiend."

    Example 2 , I have had a friend since 1960. He has been is my friend (for) about 50 years.
    I'm using this sentence: "My old firiend."

    Same sentences, if i say to him "My old friend" on (a) web messenger, how does he understand what I say?

    Thanks, and sorry my English, I'm (a) newbie.
    () = I'm not 100% sure.

    Usually you use the sentence: "My old friend" in case 2 (of your examples).
    I really believe it's uncommon to call someone an "old friend" only because he is old.
    Furthermore if he is your friend, he should understand what you say.

    Some sentences could have different meanings.
    This does not only apply for English.
    It should be the same as in German, Turkish, or any other language.
    That means if any of your sentences have different meanings, a person could simply ask you again.

    Cheers!

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    Re: My Old friend

    Quote Originally Posted by roidelune View Post
    Hi, i have a question about "old"

    example 1 , i have a friend 50 years old.
    i'm using this sentence "my old firend"

    example 2 , i have a friend since 1960. he is my friend about 50 years
    i'm using this sentence "my old firend"

    Same sentences, if i say to him "my old friend" on web messenger, how does he understand what i say?

    Thanks, sorry my english, i'm newbie.


    Hi,
    ***not a teacher***
    The sentence, by its nature, would be ambiguous. However, I don't think in every day English it'd be appropriate to address one as "old friend", refering to their age! (as this might be taken offence, unless you're such close friends). So, if your friend is a native speaker, or a proficient speaker, they're less likely to think of the second meaning.


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    Re: My Old friend

    Thanks for your replies

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    Re: My Old friend

    Quote Originally Posted by roidelune View Post
    Hi, i have a question about "old"

    example 1 , i have a friend 50 years old.
    i'm using this sentence "my old firend"

    example 2 , i have a friend since 1960. he is my friend about 50 years
    i'm using this sentence "my old firend"

    Same sentences, if i say to him "my old friend" on web messenger, how does he understand what i say?

    Thanks, sorry my english, i'm newbie.
    "My old friend" generally means a friend I have had for a long time.
    It usually has nothing to do with age. (And if it did, I would personally consider 50 to be too young to be called old!)

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