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    9 years / 9 years old

    English teacher
    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.
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    Re: 9 years / 9 years old

    It's incorrect.

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    Re: 9 years / 9 years old

    Thanks Rover.
    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).
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    Re: 9 years / 9 years old

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It's incorrect.
    Is the extract grammatically incorrect?

    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.

    http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/child-.../sty-gsim.html

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    #5

    Re: 9 years / 9 years old

    "Years" without "old" would be correct in AmE. The "old" would be understood.

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    Re: 9 years / 9 years old

    Hi Mike.
    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?
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    Re: 9 years / 9 years old

    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.

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