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    "children ages 6 to 18"?

    In my textbook, it says: His research found that children ages 6 to 18 contribute 12 percent of all household labor.
    I think it must be "children aged 6 to 18" but it is my textbook and I don't know if it is still right.
    Can you tell me what's right?

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    Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

    It could be elliptical, ... children [ranging in] ages ... .

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    Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

    children of ages 6 to 18
    children aged 6 to 18

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    Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

    So you mean that "children ages 6 to 18" is still correct?
    Last edited by linhtho0211; 04-Aug-2008 at 09:53.

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    Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

    Quote Originally Posted by linhtho0211 View Post
    So you mean that "children ages 6 to 18" is still correct?
    Yes. It's perfectly good English.

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    Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

    "children of ages 6 to 18" sounds better to me, just as 'people of middle age' does. But others may not agree.

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    Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    "children of ages 6 to 18" sounds better to me, just as 'people of middle age' does. But others may not agree.
    It does indeed sound better, but omitting of will not harm the correctness.

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    Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

    "children of ages 6 to 18" sounds better to me, just as 'people of middle age' does. But others may not agree.
    I agree. But what's the idea of dropping the 'of' in the first place?
    When do we use 'elliptical' and when do we not use it? Other examples?

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    Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I agree. But what's the idea of dropping the 'of' in the first place?
    When do we use 'elliptical' and when do we not use it? Other examples?

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    Yes, I am confused too. If it's elliptical, so why isn't it "children ages from 6 to 18"? And if it's elliptical, so could "children weights 20 to 40 kg" be correct?

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    Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

    Consider,

    Ex: children between the ages (of) 6 and 18

    Ex: children ages 6 to 18

    See more examples here "children ages 6 to 18" - Google Search

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