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    Ageless centuries of life

    Hello (again)

    I have a question about the meaning of ageless in the following: "their ageless centuries of life" ("their" relating to the elves).

    Does it mean...
    - that the elves live for centuries and are ageless (forever young),
    - or that the centuries are ageless (and here, I wouldn't be too sure of what it means) ?

    To give you a context, this is about a human who doesn't feel very comfortable near the elves, partly because of "their ageless centuries of life".

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    Re: Ageless centuries of life

    Quote Originally Posted by H. P. Wordcraft View Post
    Hello (again)

    I have a question about the meaning of ageless in the following: "their ageless centuries of life" ("their" relating to the elves).

    Does it mean...
    - that the elves live for centuries and are ageless (forever young),
    - or that the centuries are ageless (and here, I wouldn't be too sure of what it means) ?

    To give you a context, this is about a human who doesn't feel very comfortable near the elves, partly because of "their ageless centuries of life".
    First, the term "ageless centuries" would seem to me to be an oxymoron. But then most authors typically create their own vernacular. My inference of the phrase would be that the "human" realizes that the elves are "ageless", but in his/her terms he/she can only relate "ageless" in terms of "centuries".


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    Re: Ageless centuries of life

    Quote Originally Posted by H. P. Wordcraft View Post
    Hello (again)

    I have a question about the meaning of ageless in the following: "their ageless centuries of life" ("their" relating to the elves).

    Does it mean...
    - that the elves live for centuries and are ageless (forever young),
    - or that the centuries are ageless (and here, I wouldn't be too sure of what it means) ?

    To give you a context, this is about a human who doesn't feel very comfortable near the elves, partly because of "their ageless centuries of life".
    To remove the possible confusion over "ageless centuries", one could rearrange the sentence to: "their centuries of ageless life". This would better convey the idea of living for centuries without aging.

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    Re: Ageless centuries of life

    Thanks for your answers, it is indeed cleared now

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    Re: Ageless centuries of life

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    To remove the possible confusion over "ageless centuries", one could rearrange the sentence to: "their centuries of ageless life". This would better convey the idea of living for centuries without aging.
    I believe another (not so bad) possibility could be "countless centuries", but in such cases, the right answer is difficult to get unless you happen to know the author of the novel .
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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