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    I am, I have

    I am aware that the correct form is: Im 17 years old. But I have difficulties in teaching my Brazilian students as to use Im 17 years old instead of I have 17 years old (which in Portuguese makes more sense.).


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    Re: I am, I have

    Isn't it a matter of practice? When i learned it I only accepted that I must say "I'm XX". Probably there is a reasonable explanation about why not to use "I have". Brazilian teachers usually don't provide extra information about this, they only say "You have to say I am instead of I have." and them they ask how old you are to make sure that the student have learned.
    Last edited by hscadore; 23-Jul-2007 at 14:22.

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    #3

    Re: I am, I have

    Quote Originally Posted by Jgap View Post
    I am aware that the correct form is: I’m 17 years old. But I have difficulties in teaching my Brazilian students as to use “I’m 17 years old” instead of “I have 17 years old” (which in Portuguese makes more sense.).
    think like that:

    How old am I? (not have I)
    I am 17 years old.
    Last edited by bianca; 23-Jul-2007 at 14:13.

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