Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 22
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Nov 2014
    • Posts: 149
    #1

    Which is the standard expression?

    Which is the standard expression?
    (1) My age is six.
    (2) My age is six years.
    (3) My age is six years old.

  1. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 10,018
    #2

    Re: Which is the standard expression?

    The standard expression is ​I am six (years old).

    You can omit the 'years old', but not the 'old' alone.

  2. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #3

    Re: Which is the standard expression?

    The standards are:

    I am six.
    I am six years old.

    [Cross posted with Piscean.]
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 14-Sep-2015 at 07:57. Reason: Addendum

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Nov 2014
    • Posts: 149
    #4

    Re: Which is the standard expression?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The standard expression is ​I am six (years old).

    You can omit the 'years old', but not the 'old' alone.
    A: How old are you?
    B: ​I am six. ​I am six years old.

    A: What is your age?
    B: ?.

  3. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 10,018
    #5

    Re: Which is the standard expression?

    A: What is your age?
    B: ?

    Six.
    I am six.
    I am six years old.

  4. MikeNewYork's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 24,983
    #6

    Re: Which is the standard expression?

    Taiwan, you can ask the question any way you want, but the answer will be unlikely to change.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Nov 2014
    • Posts: 149
    #7

    Re: Which is the standard expression?

    But, in the case that one needs or wants to begin one's reply with "My age is", which of the three expressions is correct or standard?

  5. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 10,018
    #8

    Re: Which is the standard expression?

    Quote Originally Posted by TaiwanPofLee View Post
    But, in the case that one needs or wants to begin one's reply with "My age is",
    We don't normally feel such a need.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Taiwan
      • Current Location:
      • Taiwan

    • Join Date: Nov 2014
    • Posts: 149
    #9

    Re: Which is the standard expression?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We don't normally feel such a need.
    I heard people say:

    My age is over 18
    .
    My age is over 18
    years.
    My age is over 18
    years old.

  6. Piscean's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • Czech Republic
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Jul 2015
    • Posts: 10,018
    #10

    Re: Which is the standard expression?

    I have heard people say many strange things in my life. Say it if you wish. Nobody is going to throw you in prison for it, and it is understandable. Just try to accept that most speakers of North American and British English would not say it.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. had just been=not-standard
    By ostap77 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-Mar-2012, 21:17
  2. standard
    By simon1234 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 21-Sep-2010, 19:08
  3. standard language
    By arthi in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 24-Aug-2008, 18:08
  4. formal,informal,standard and non-standard english
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Jun-2007, 15:34
  5. standard & non standard english
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 23-May-2004, 11:44

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •