# Thread: "children ages 6 to 18"?

1. ## Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

Sorry for chiming in. I am not a teacher.

His research found that children ages 6 to 18 contribute 12 percent of all household labor.
Children aged 6, 7, 8.

Originally Posted by Soup
Consider,

Ex: children between the ages (of) 6 and 18
In this example, I think it refers to the children aged 6 and 8 only but not the children aged 7.

3. ## Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

His research found that children ages 6 to 18 contribute 12 percent of all household labor.
Children aged 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

4. ## Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

Originally Posted by IvanV
Children aged 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.
Hello IvanV,

Sorry, I misread '18' to '8'.

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

(exclude the range within them, that is 7,8,9...17 years old children who are all excluded) Right?

5. ## Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

I would read "between" as meaning all the ages from x through to y.

6. ## Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

Originally Posted by Anglika
I would read "between" as meaning all the ages from x through to y.
Hi Anglika,

That sentence is of ambiguity, isn't it? From the context, I can judge that refers to all ages which are limited.

If without any context, the structure is "beween...and...", I have to judge that it refers to just 2 ages. My former teacher told us "between" ususally is applied to refer to two persons/items/groups, etc.

If "and" is replaced with "to", I think it makes more sense. eg. The kids aged between 7 to 18. Or how do I say, if I just want to refer to the two ages--7, 18.

Actually, I think 'between' is an ambiguous word here, even grammatically wrong. Why don't we say:

1) children aged 7 to 18

2) chlidren ranged from 7 to 18

7. ## Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

Originally Posted by thedaffodils
Hi Anglika,

That sentence is of ambiguity, isn't it? From the context, I can judge that refers to all ages which are limited.

If without any context, the structure is "beween...and...", I have to judge that it refers to just 2 ages. My former teacher told us "between" ususally is applied to refer to two persons/items/groups, etc.
It is used to state "among two or more people or things". So in the sentence it is correctly used to say that all ages are to be considered within the age range cited.

If "and" is replaced with "to", I think it makes more sense. eg. The kids aged between 7 to 18. Or how do I say, if I just want to refer to the two ages--7, 18.
If you want to change "and" to "to", then you have also to change "between" to "from": "The children aged from 7 to 18 years old". You cannot collocate "between" and "to". If you want to refer to only the two ages, then you would say"The children aged 7 years and 18 years"
Actually, I think 'between' is an ambiguous word here, even grammatically wrong. Why don't we say:

1) children aged 7 to 18 You can say it this way.

2) chlidren ranged from 7 to 18 "children of ages ranging from 7 to 18".
Both of these do indicate that all ages from 7 through to 18 are to be taken into account.

Hope this is making it a little clearer

8. ## Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

Originally Posted by Anglika
Hope this is making it a little clearer
Dear Anglika,

You're very helpful. I'm clear except for the following question.

If my memory serves me right, our teacher taught us the difference between 'among' and 'between' as below.

#1 She is tallest among the three girls.

#2 She is tallest between the three girls.

Since 'between' can be applied to more than 2 people or things, I am wondering whether my teacher was wrong or not. Thank you!

9. ## Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

However, there are exceptions where between is preferable:

-when speaking about a relationship involving two or more parties:
A contest between Britain, Germany and France.
-when describing the position of something:
The house lies between the highway, the river and the railway.

I.

10. ## Re: "children ages 6 to 18"?

Originally Posted by IvanV

However, there are exceptions where between is preferable:

-when speaking about a relationship involving two or more parties:
A contest between Britain, Germany and France.
-when describing the position of something:
The house lies between the highway, the river and the railway.

I.
Hello IvanV,

Thank you for your reply. My teacher mentioned and explained this too.

# 1 China is located between Mongolia, North Korea and Vietnam.

Explain: China borders these three countries respectively.

China borders Mongolia;

China borders North Korea;

China borders Vietnam.

# 2 China is located among Mongolia, North Korea and Vietnam.

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# 3 a contest between Britain, Germany and France, which focuses the relationship as below.

a contest between Britain and Germany;

a contest between Britain and France;

a contest between Germany and France.

Thus, 'between' focuses on the relationship of each of two persons and things, though it is applied to more than 2 of that.

If any suggestion, please let me know. Thank you!

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