Submitted by jude  •  October 27, 2003

age vs. aged

Is there a preference of any sort? As in “John Smith, aged 45, was awarded the city’s highest honor at a luncheon . . . ” or “John Smith, age 45, was awarded the city’s highest honor at a luncheon . . .”

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"Aged" references the verb, which in this case is action of advancing 45 years. While it may sound absurd, consider the description of a wine (or even a person, I suppose) as it has "aged well". It is in regards of how one grew old (which is why it is followed by an adverb so often--ex. well, gracefully, poorily, beautifully, quickly, etc.).

To attribute age amongst someone's characteristics, "age #" works best. Age can be defined as "how long something has existed." This is what you (and John Smith!) may want.

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We wouldn't say, "that house is color green", so why would we say "that boy is age 10"? Aged is correct.

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Either is acceptable; you'll find that 'aged' is more popular in the UK. 'Age' implies, "this person is age____," while 'aged' implies "this person has lived _____years." Basically the same thing. I prefer 'aged' because I'm pretentious like that. Go with your gut. I mean, who gives a rat's, right? Same ish.

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Newspapers are in the business of saving paper and selling news. They use a level of correctness acceptable to their readers.

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it may just be me...but i think the first one is correct...hey...don't blame me for being picky...ur asked....(^o^)/

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To me, the second choice sounds more fluid and correct. I've got nothing to back it up though, mere opinion.

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Newspaper style tends to be the figure on its own. John Smith, 45, says exactly the same, and saves several characters

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