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age X at the age of

Unread post by Syl » Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:39 am

Hi, colleagues :-)

I work as a private teacher tutoring kids, teenagers and also adults. Among my adult pupils, there is a doctor that yesterday came up with a question. She has to compose reports in English and have them sent abroad for research, about patients with certain characteristics. She asked me why she had to write, for example, "(name), age 33 - followed by specific details" and not "At the age of 33, (name) etc.". I told her that both are correct, however I wasn't that sure. Are there probably certain expressions that should be used when related to medical reports? Does anybody know? TIA.

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Unread post by cerealkillah » Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:21 pm

"At the age of X" means "when he/she was X" and I would use it in stories, newspaper articles and so on.
At the age of 13 he had already been chess master five times.
In this case (a medical report) you usually use shortened phrases, like in application forms: age, name, occupation, nationality etc.
There only option I see in this context is "(name), aged X".

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Unread post by Syl » Sat Apr 02, 2016 2:31 pm

Thank you! That has helped me a lot!

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Unread post by cerealkillah » Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:58 pm

cerealkillah wrote: There only option I see in this context is "(name), aged X".
Sorry, my mistake. That should be "The only other option I see...". (Name), age X is also good.

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Unread post by Syl » Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:42 am

Oh, it's alright :-) Thank you!

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