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    Are these sentences correct?


    Are these sentences correct?

    _ This is a wonderful idea for/as a beginning.

    _ Donate the money you spend for/on chocolate

    and dolls.

    _ My age was typical to Jane's.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    _ This is a wonderful idea for a beginning.

    _ Donate the money you spend on chocolate

    and dolls.

    _ My age was typical to Jane's. -

    This sentence does not make sense. How could age be typical?

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    Well, I think that this not working. What about:


    She was the same age as Jane.


    Or


    She was Jane's age.

    Or

    She was of Jane's age.



    Note: I have to mention the name in all the examples.
    Last edited by RoseSpring; 09-Apr-2010 at 18:34.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    She was the same age as Jane.

    She was Jane's age.

    She was of Jane's age.
    These sentences are fine.
    BTW, I think your letters are oversized and overspaced.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct?

    I wouldn't use the third one.

    There could be a slight difference between them, depending on the context.

    Let's say you and I are talking, and you have a daughter named Jane who is now twelve.

    You tel me that you met a lady yesterday who also had a daughter. You can say (about the daughter) either "She was Jane's age" or "She was the same age as Jane."

    Now, different conversation. You tell me that Jane wants to visit your parents, but you are worried she's too young to fly alone. "Don't worry," I tell you. My daughter flew alone two year ago and she was Jane's age." -- That means that she was 12 THEN, even though my daughter and your daughter are not the same age.

    Does that make sense?
    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: Are these sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I wouldn't use the third one.

    There could be a slight difference between them, depending on the context.

    Let's say you and I are talking, and you have a daughter named Jane who is now twelve.

    You tel me that you met a lady yesterday who also had a daughter. You can say (about the daughter) either "She was Jane's age" or "She was the same age as Jane."

    Now, different conversation. You tell me that Jane wants to visit your parents, but you are worried she's too young to fly alone. "Don't worry," I tell you. My daughter flew alone two year ago and she was Jane's age." -- That means that she was 12 THEN, even though my daughter and your daughter are not the same age.

    Does that make sense?
    The third one is ok in BrE perhaps a bit formal, but ok.

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    PS: We surely say "A woman of a certain age" or "A woman of your age shouldn't ..." but it's more for abstract statements than to compare to a specific person.
    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: Are these sentences correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    PS: We surely say "A woman of a certain age" or "A woman of your age shouldn't ..." but it's more for abstract statements than to compare to a specific person.

    Thanks for this answer as you've confused me before when you said that you wouldn't use the third one. I thought that it isn't used anymore now, because I'm sure that I've heard it before. Thanks for this explanation indeed.

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    Please note that I'm an American. I would not say "She is of Jane's age" but bhai offers assurance that such use is not uncommon in the UK.
    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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    Thanks again.

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