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    past vs. over

    Are 'past' and 'over' interchangeable in the following sentence?

    "I am (A. past B. over) the age when teenagers wave light sticks/glow sticks at rock concerts."

    I think A is correct and natural, but I am not sure whether B is also natural. I often see phrases like 'over age', 'over the age of 65' or 'over age 65', but I have never seen 'over the age when + adjective clause.' Maybe 'past' and 'over' are interchangeable in this sentence. Maybe I think too much. Thank you.

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    Re: past vs. over

    Quote Originally Posted by maoyueh View Post
    Are 'past' and 'over' interchangeable in the following sentence?

    "I am (A. past B. over) the age when teenagers wave light sticks/glow sticks at rock concerts."

    I think A is correct and natural, but I am not sure whether B is also natural. I often see phrases like 'over age', 'over the age of 65' or 'over age 65', but I have never seen 'over the age when + adjective clause.' Maybe 'past' and 'over' are interchangeable in this sentence. Maybe I think too much. Thank you.
    They both work. I prefer A.

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    Re: past vs. over

    To me 'past' is colloquial in this context; 'over' is not. So they are not interchangeable in that sentence.

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    Re: past vs. over

    I don't know what you mean. Do you mean that when you were younger, teenagers used to wave glow sticks at rock concerts? Are you saying you are no longer of an age where it is appropriate for you to wave a glow stick at a rock concert (ie, you are simply no longer a teenager).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: past vs. over

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't know what you mean. Do you mean that when you were younger, teenagers used to wave glow sticks at rock concerts? Are you saying you are no longer of an age where it is appropriate for you to wave a glow stick at a rock concert (ie, you are simply no longer a teenager).
    The original text is not very good. It should not mention teenagers, but say something like "I am past the age when I would..."

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