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    years

    hello.
    I would like to know this. it is correct to say Jane, 5 years?
    from what I can tell, it`s either Jane, 5 or Jane, 5 years old.
    Jane, 5 years sort of grates my ears. it doesn`t read like proper English to me. am I right?

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    Re: years

    I wouldn't say it's not 'proper' English, but it's an elided form - often used by sub-editors trying to save space in a narrow column-width. I feel they're both a bit 'journalistic' though. What's wrong with '5-year-old Jane'?

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    Re: years

    In newspaper reports, ages usually appear like this:

    'Jane (5) is pictured here with her mother Phyllis (32)'.

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    Re: years

    Shorter still.

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