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    #1

    How old is he?

    Hello,

    When you say "That boy never saw 20", do you mean he was under 20
    when he died?

    And if you say "That boy will never see 20 again", do you mean he is over 20
    now?

    I'm confused. Please help me understanding them.

    Thank you,
    Tara

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    #2

    Re: How old is he?

    Hi Tara!

    I am no teacher!

    Our teachers may ask you for more context. When I think about the one sentence you stated, it can on only refer to the boy's age.

    The boy died before he reached the age of 20.

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    #3

    Re: How old is he?

    Quote Originally Posted by tara View Post
    Hello,

    When you say "That boy never saw 20", do you mean he was under 20
    when he died?
    Yes.

    And if you say "That boy will never see 20 again", do you mean he is over 20
    now?
    Yes.

    I'm confused. Please help me understanding them.

    Thank you,
    Tara
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    #4

    Re: How old is he?

    Hello virus99,

    You're right. I should contextualize when necessary.

    Thank you for the tip.

    Tara

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    #5

    Re: How old is he?

    Hello emsr2d2,

    Thank you for the answers and correcting my grammatical mistake.

    Tara

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