# year

A year is 365 days long. We measure a year by the sun. It takes the earth exactly one year to go around the sun.

• There are 365 days in a year.
• There are 52 weeks in a year.
• The are 12 months in a year.

This word represents an important measurement of time, so its use is quite common.

• We had a good year this year.
• This has been a bad year.
• They’re having a rough year.
• What a year!

Use the word "year" when talking about age:

• She’s five years old.
• She’s a five-year-old child.
• She’s a five year old.
• He’s a thirty-five year old man.
• He’s been alive for thirty-five years.
• My car is eight years old.
• I’ve had my car for eight years.
• We’ve known each other for years. (years = many years)
• For years and years, Brian worked on his old house until it was finally remodeled.

• They meet yearly to discuss their goals. (yearly = once a year)
• This event happens yearly.
• What’s your yearly salary? (yearly = annual)
• What do you make yearly? (yearly = annually)

Many people around the world like to ring in the new year with a party. (You can also say "bring in the new year."

Note: Some students have difficulty pronouncing the initial "y" sound in English. Click here to practice it.