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    too old or old enough?

    Hi,

    If a sentence reads "I'm old to travel alone," does it mean that
    "I'm old enough to travel alone" or "I'm too old to travel alone"?

    Or would its meaning depend on the context?

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    Re: too old or old enough?

    Quote Originally Posted by forinfo View Post
    Hi,

    If a sentence reads "I'm old to travel alone," does it mean that
    "I'm old enough to travel alone" or "I'm too old to travel alone"?

    Or would its meaning depend on the context?
    It's not a good sentence, and doesn't mean either. Where did you find that sentence?
    I think there's a word missing.

    Within the right context, a sentence like "You are old to be travelling alone" would mean "You look like you are too old to travel alone". But one wouldn't say it of oneself in this way.

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    Re: too old or old enough?

    I think the problem is having "old" on its own. I might expect to hear "I'm kind of old to travel alone", "I'm a little (or a bit) old to travel alone" or certainly "I'm too old to travel alone" but by having no modifier in front of "old" it's very unnatural.

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    Re: too old or old enough?

    Thank you for your responses to my question. They were helpful.

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