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    ages four and six

    Does this "ages" make sense? Is it a typo? Doesn't it have to be "aged"? If not, what usage is this?

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    ex)...Somewhere near Washington D.C. last night the woman was arrested because she had left her two children, ages four and six, in a storage facility while she went to work...

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    Re: ages four and six

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    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does this "ages" make sense? Is it a typo? Doesn't it have to be "aged"? If not, what usage is this?
    It makes sense to me. It's a short way to state how old the children are.

    A little bit of searching on the web revealed that credible news sources use this way of writing, as this example demonstrates ( Nation & World | Children, ages 4 and 7, left alone in California for 20 days | Seattle Times Newspaper ).
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 01-Aug-2012 at 01:28.

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    Re: ages four and six

    Their ages are four and six.

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    Re: ages four and six

    It makes sense, but I'd prefer aged four and six every time.

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    Re: ages four and six

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It makes sense, but I'd prefer aged four and six every time.

    Rover
    Not me.

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