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    belie her 65 years

    The woman's energy and youthful good looks belie her 65 years.

    Is the above sentence, quoted from SAT Vocabulary (edited by a Chinese teacher of English), really acceptable?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: belie her 65 years

    Yes. What do you think is wrong with it?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: belie her 65 years

    I will say: The woman's energy and youthful good looks belie her 65 years of age.

    Is my sentence also correct?
    I need native speakers' help.

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    #4

    Re: belie her 65 years

    No.

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    Re: belie her 65 years

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    The woman's energy and youthful good looks belie her 65 years of age.
    Would it be OK if 'years' was omitted above?

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    #6

    Re: belie her 65 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Would it be OK if 'years' was omitted above?
    belie her 65 of age? It does not sound right.

    You could say:

    The woman's energy and youthful good looks belie her age of 65 years.(though "age of" is optional)
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: belie her 65 years

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    her age of 65 years
    I think 'years' should be omitted, but I am not a teacher.

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    Re: belie her 65 years

    The original is correct and natural as it is, as emsr2d2 suggested. There is no need to change it.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: belie her 65 years

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think 'years' should be omitted, but I am not a teacher.
    It doesn't work without years for me.

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