Use the word "age" when talking about the passage of time for a person or a thing.
- What’s your age? (How old are you?
- What’s the age of the building? (How old is it?)
- Do you know the ages of the other students with whom you go to school?
- What are their ages?
- Jennifer looks good for her age.
- Seven is a good age for a child.
- Chess is a good game for all ages.
- Men and women of a certain age have to start thinking seriously about their health. (a certain age: people in their 50s and 60s)
- Rajeesh is a middle-aged man. He’s 54 years old.
- The aging process is something that we all experience. (In this sentence, "aging" is an adjective.)
- Angela is afraid of aging too quickly. (This sentence uses "aging" as a gerund.)
- Edward and John haven’t seen in each other in ages. (in ages = a very long time)
- We haven’t been to New York City in ages.
This word can be used as a verb:
- Kathryn has really aged. (She has gotten older and she looks it.)
- Toshi doesn’t look as though he has aged at all.
- He never seems to age.
- This car is aging fast. (It’s starting to look old.)
- We’re aging. (We’re getting older.)
- Cheese gets sharper as it ages.
- Wine usually improves as it ages.
- There are several bottles of wine that are aging in a wine cooler in our basement.
The word "ageless" is an adjective. It means that something is true, good, or of lasting quality:
- Classical music is ageless.
- The woman’s ageless beauty confounds those who try to guess how old she is.
- A lot of architecture in Chicago has an ageless quality.
The word "age" is often used to describe a period of time. (Notice that ages are usually capitalized.)
- The Stone Age was a time when human beings began to use tools.
- During the Dark Ages, Europe suffered through years of war and disease.
- We live in the Information Age.
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July 1, 2015