Common mistake Wrong phrase: have x years old (be x years old)

Common Mistake: Using the wrong phrase to indicate age

When talking about someone's age, it is important to use the correct phrase to convey the information accurately. One common mistake is using the phrase "have x years old" instead of "be x years old".

Incorrect: I have 25 years old.

Correct: I am 25 years old.

When stating someone's age, the correct structure is to use the verb "be" followed by the age in years.


  • She is 30 years old.
  • They are both 21 years old.
  • He will be 50 years old next month.

Using the wrong phrase can make your sentence sound unnatural or confusing. It is important to practice using the correct structure to ensure clear communication.

To help you avoid common grammar mistakes, you can use the Linguix grammar checker which provides real-time grammar and spelling corrections, as well as suggestions for improving your writing.

Wrong phrase: have x years old (be x years old) mistake examples

  • Correct:
    I am 25 years old.
  • Incorrect:
    He has 25 years old.

    He is 25 years old.

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