Somewhere on this forum (sorry, I don’t remember where), a native English speaker wrote,
“the first ones [he was referring to two groups of students] are children aged around 9 years, and the ones on Saturday are around 5 years …”
I was wondering if it is correct to say “5 / 9 years” instead of “5 / 9 years old”. If so, is that common usage?
Thanks a lot.
Couldn't it be an AE thing? (I don't remember if the poster was American, though.)
I'm asking because I find it almost incredible that no-one noticed this easy-to-see error (and made by a native English teacher).
Last edited by Walt Whitman; 24-May-2014 at 23:30.
11.3% of babies born to mothers under 20 were SGA, compared with 8.2% of babies born to mothers aged 40 years or over.
I suspected it might be an AE thing.
I have just re-read what I wrote above (the "easy-to-see error" bit), and realised that it could sound as an impolite remark.
I did not intend that. Sorry.
I should have added “easy-to-see error” from a BE speaker’s perspective. Sorry again.
I see it isn’t felt as incorrect in AE. Is that true in an informal register only?
I didn't find your comments to be impolite. It was a legitimate question.
For me, register is not involved. "Children aged around 9 years" is simply correct. It is certainly understandable even if one objected to the form.