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    There is a kid who is quite tall and he is just five at the moment.

    There is a kid who is quite tall and he is just five at the moment.

    1) The height that kid has, should have been acquired when he was eight.

    2) He is taller than other kids. He should have been this tall when he was eight.

    3) He is quite tall. He should attain this height when he is eight.

    4) He is quite tall. He should have attained this height when he is eight.

    5) This much height should be reached when a kid is at least eight.

    Please check my sentences.

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    Re: There is a kid who is quite tall and he is just five at the moment.

    I'm reminded of one of my son's friends in kindergarten. He was, at age five, a full head shorter than... the teacher!
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: There is a kid who is quite tall and he is just five at the moment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    None of your sentences is natural, especially as we don't normally use 'should' when talking of children's height.

    We might say something like "He's very tall for his age. He's as tall as an average eight-year-old"
    Thanks for your reply and help.

    If we have have to say that this child should have reached this height when he is eight then what to say? (I am confused about my construction here.)

    He is taller than other kids. He should have been this tall when he was eight. Could you please correct this one?

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    Re: There is a kid who is quite tall and he is just five at the moment.

    Here's one way to say that, with should: He's taller than other kids his age. He shouldn't really be this tall till he's eight!

    More simply: He's already as tall as most eight-year-olds.
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    Re: There is a kid who is quite tall and he is just five at the moment.

    In response to your OP, 1,2,4 just don't make sense since he is not 8 yet.

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    Re: There is a kid who is quite tall and he is just five at the moment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Is there a law in your country that states what height children must be at certain ages?
    No but that kid was very tall. He will get seven feet tall when he grows up.

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    Re: There is a kid who is quite tall and he is just five at the moment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    That's still no reason to say that he 'should have reached; a certain height at any particular age.
    I am not saying that. It is a good thing that that kid has a good height. But I said it in surprise. I couldn't believe that that kid was only five but when he spoke it was clear that he wasn't as old as he looked.

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    Re: There is a kid who is quite tall and he is just five at the moment.

    That's still no reason to say that he 'should have reached; a certain height at any particular age.
    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I am not saying that.
    But you did say that, in every single one of your original examples:

    1) The height that kid has, should have been acquired when he was eight.

    2) He is taller than other kids. He should have been this tall when he was eight.

    3) He is quite tall. He should attain this height when he is eight.

    4) He is quite tall. He should have attained this height when he is eight.

    5) This much height should be reached when a kid is at least eight.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: There is a kid who is quite tall and he is just five at the moment.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    But you did say that, in every single one of your original examples:

    1) The height that kid has, should have been acquired when he was eight.

    2) He is taller than other kids. He should have been this tall when he was eight.

    3) He is quite tall. He should attain this height when he is eight.

    4) He is quite tall. He should have attained this height when he is eight.

    5) This much height should be reached when a kid is at least eight.
    So how could I have said it in a positive way? Could you please tell me? If we wanna say this but not in a negative way but in a surprised way (I hope "surprised way" is correct here) then what can we say?

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