Expressing period in French is tricky both grammatically and also vocabulary wise: I’ll explain the differences between “grandir” and “vieillir”, the various life stages, the tricky French adjectives for old and young, just how to questioning someone’s period in French, and also the difference between “an” and “année”.

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How come say your period in French?

First of all, over there is a big grammatical trap. In English, come talk around how old who or something is, you use the construction: “to it is in + number”.

He is 5. No need to say she counting years.

In French, we don’t usage the verb to it is in (“être” in French). We use the building and construction “to have (so “avoir”) + number + everything you room counting”

Il a cinq ans – He/it is five (years old)Il a cinq jours – He/it is five days old.Il a cinq semaines – He/it is five weeks old.Il a cinq mois – He/it is five months old.

We constantly specify whatever it is that we room counting, even when the years. You cannot say in French “il a cinq”. Girlfriend would always say “il a cinq ans”.

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Instead of calling someone “old”, it may be much more delicate to contact them “not really young” = pas très jeune, or “of some age” = d’un particular âge.

Anne est une femme d’un particular âge. Elle n’est plus très jeune mais elle est restée très jeune d’espritAnn is a mature woman. She is no much longer young, however she stayed young at love (notice we say “young in spirits”in French)