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