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Hello everyone,

what is the difference between 'Year-old' and 'years-old'? thank you.
 

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"Year-old" is used as a part of a noun phrase, e.g. "That man is a 30 year-old", whereas "years old" (with no hyphen) is used as part of an adjective, e.g. "That man is 30 years old".

P.S. Do remember to capitalise the start of sentences.

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A better title would have been 'Year-old and years-old'.

Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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Well, in case If I want to say 'he is 30-year-old strong kid', it's right or wrong?
 

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Well, in case If I want to say 'he is a 30-year-old strong kid', it's right or wrong?
We don't normally refer to 30-year-old men as 'kids'.
 

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I wrote it by mistake, It should have been 3.
 

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I would write

'A strong, three-year-old kid.'
 
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