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    compliment someone on their beauty

    Dear teachers,

    Here are two sentences that I am not sure which one is the best to compliment someone on how they keep themselves young and energetic:

    1. You look younger than your age.
    2. Your face does not match your age.

    Thank you

    Kitty

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    Re: compliment someone on their beauty

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Here are two sentences that I am not sure which one is the best to compliment someone on how they keep themselves young and energetic:

    1. You look younger than your age.
    2. Your face does not match your age.

    Thank you

    Kitty
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    Kwfine,

    I think that No. 2 could be a very cruel insult. A person might never

    forgive you. It could mean something like:

    You look as if you were 90 years old although you just

    celebrated your 35th birthday.


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    Re: compliment someone on their beauty

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Kwfine,

    I think that No. 2 could be a very cruel insult. A person might never

    forgive you. It could mean something like:

    You look as if you were 90 years old although you just

    celebrated your 35th birthday.


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    Hi,

    What if I changed this way:

    Your age does not match your age.

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    Re: compliment someone on their beauty

    Quote Originally Posted by kwfine View Post
    Hi,

    What if I changed this way:

    Your age does not match your age.
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    I do not know what other native speakers think, but I, for one,

    do not think that the sentence above would be understood

    by anyone.

    Let's say someone is 50 years old. Your sentence could be

    interpreted as:

    Your age of 50 does not match your age of 50.

    I believe that you wish to tell someone that s/he looks younger than

    his/her age. I think that you will just have to say it that way.

    Oher ways are ambiguous:

    You don't look 30. = You look 19/ You look 50.

    You don't look your age. = You are 19, but you look 14; You are 19, but

    you look 30.

    English has many strengths. Like all languages, it also has many

    weaknesses. Ambiguous sentences are one of them. Of course,

    sometimes ambiguity is a good thing. But probably not when you are

    discussing someone's age.

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    Re: compliment someone on their beauty

    In general, in the US, reference to age (especially for women) is simply not welcome.

    I'm 44. If someone said "Oh, you have so much energy for someone your age" I would wonder if they though people who were 45 must need a cane or a walker. There are few things you could say using the word "age" that would be 100% safe.

    If you want to be complimentary, just say something like "You have great skin" or "Wow, you have so much more energy than I do."

    Yes, we like to be told we look younger, but you have to be so, so careful how you do it.
    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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