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.

The word "yearly" is an adjective and an adverb:

  • 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."

new year

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

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This page was first published on December 27, 2013. It was updated on December 31, 2016.