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    #1

    His son is enough age to understand that.

    I know 'His son is old enough to understand that' is correct.
    Does 'His son is enough age to understand that' work?
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: His son is enough age to understand that.

    Do you think 'His son is at the age to understand that' works?

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    #3

    Re: His son is enough age to understand that.

    [Not a teacher]

    "...aged enough to..."
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    #4

    Re: His son is enough age to understand that.

    Wines and cheeses can be said to be "aged." Don't say "His son is/has aged enough..."

    Don't change the original tz - it's right as it is and more natural than anything else for this use. Though "He is an an age" is possible (not "the" age).
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: His son is enough age to understand that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Do you think 'His son is at the age to understand that' works?

    Not a teacher.
    I know 'at the age of...' is correct, but I've never heard/read 'at the age to do something'.
    I'd say your version is grammatical but unnatural English.

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    #6

    Re: His son is enough age to understand that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Wines and cheeses can be said to be "aged." Don't say "His son is/has aged enough..."
    Barb_D is right, I wrote #3 just to comment on the right expression ("...aged enough to...", which refers to maturing or ripening), but not to reply to the post about the son and his age.
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

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    #7

    Re: His son is enough age to understand that.

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I've never heard/read 'at the age to do something'.
    About 2,730,000 examples of 'at the age to do' can be found on
    https://www.google.com/search?es_sm=...57.nxdoASF0hs8
    What do you think?

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    #8

    Re: His son is enough age to understand that.

    Quote Originally Posted by José Manuel Rosón Bravo View Post
    Barb_D is right, I wrote #3 just to comment on the right expression ("...aged enough to...", which refers to maturing or ripening), but not to reply to the post about the son and his age.
    That may have been your intention, but anyone reading it may think it was your suggestion on how to amend the original sentence.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: His son is enough age to understand that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    About 2,730,000 examples of 'at the age to do' can be found on
    https://www.google.com/search?es_sm=...57.nxdoASF0hs8
    What do you think?

    Not a teacher.
    Thank you for the examples.
    Yes, it is grammatical.
    However, I think "the age" refers to a specific age. So, your version "His son is at the age to understand that" might mean something like "Now he is 10 years old (=at the age of ten), so he can understand that", for instance. It sounds a bit strange, doesn't it? (I understand that "He is at the age to enter high school" is perfectly natural English.) As Barb pointed out in post #5, "He is at an age to understand that" (with the indefinite article) is possible, and it sounds much better to me.

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