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    Aged

    "Swedish researchers say checking every man aged 45-49 would predict nearly half of all prostate cancer deaths."

    Can above sentence be written as,
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    Swedish researchers say checking every man of age 45-49 would predict nearly half of all prostate cancer deaths."?

    Is "
    aged 45-49 would predict nearly half of all prostate cancer deaths" a past participle phrase?

    Please also let me know about grammatical rule related to it.


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    Re: Aged

    In your sentence, aged is an adjective. Your revised version is not natural.

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    Aged/of age

    "Swedish researchers say checking every man aged 45-49 would predict nearly half of all prostate cancer deaths."

    Can above sentence be written as,
    "Swedish researchers say checking every man of age 45-49 would predict nearly half of all prostate cancer deaths."?

    Is "aged 45-49 would predict nearly half of all prostate cancer deaths" a past participle phrase?

    Please also let me know about grammatical rule related to it.

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    Re: Aged/of age

    Hi shibli.aftab,

    I think (and by this I mean I am like 95% sure) that the term 'of age' means something different.
    It is used in contexts like coming of age - the transition from a child or youngster to an adult.
    Additionally, "Are you of age?" implies whether someone has reached drinking age (or maybe driving age or age of consent, depends on the context).

    So I think you should go with "[...] aged 45-49 [...]".


    Also: "[...] would predict nearly half of all prostate cancer deaths." is grammatically simple present with the "would" as a denominator for an unreal situation (as it is highly improbable they are ever going to check every man aged 45-49.

    I hope this helps you a little bit.

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    Re: Aged

    And while we're on the subject, 'aged' in that sense has one syllable. There is a two-syllable version of the word, which means 'elderly' (I didn't say 'old', which is also sometimes a synonym; but a child can be '4 years old', whereas if you're 'aged' [/'eɪʤɪd/] you're well over 70)

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    Re: Aged/of age

    This question was asked and answered yesterday. https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...9549-aged.html If you need further clarification of the response, it should be posted in the original thread. Do not post the same question twice.
    Last edited by riquecohen; 23-Apr-2013 at 15:55.

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    Re: Aged/of age

    I've merged the two threads.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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