Avoir [nombre] ans = To be [number] years old

Look at these examples expressing age:

J'ai quinze ans.
I am fifteen.

informal:

Tu as quarante ans.
You are forty.

formal:

Vous avez soixante-huit ans.
You are sixty-eight.

Note that to say how old someone is in French, we use avoir +ageans.

Effectively we say I have fifteen years, not I am fifteen.

ATTENTION: 
In French, you cannot omit ans as it wouldn't make sense. J'ai quinze simply means I have fifteen (fifteen what?)

To ask someone's age:

informal:

Quel âge as-tu?
How old are you?



formal:

Quel âge avez-vous?
How old are you?

 

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J'ai vingt-cinq ans.
I am twenty-five.


Vous avez vingt-huit ans.
You're twenty-eight years old.


Tu as quarante ans.
You are forty.


Quel âge as-tu?
How old are you?


J'ai quinze ans.
I am fifteen.


Quel âge avez-vous?
How old are you?


Vous avez soixante-huit ans.
You are sixty-eight.


Q&A

Sami

Kwiziq community member

14 December 2018

1 reply

Corrigez-moi. S'il vous plaît.

Je suis plus vieux que ma femme.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

14 December 2018

14/12/18

Bonjour Sami !

Votre phrase est correcte :)

Jozef

Kwiziq community member

18 November 2018

1 reply

How do you say you are forty in French

Chris

Kwiziq community member

19 November 2018

19/11/18

It is one of the examples given in the lesson.

Jozef

Kwiziq community member

18 November 2018

1 reply

You are 40

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

19 November 2018

19/11/18

Vous avez quarante ans?

David

Kwiziq community member

6 September 2018

1 reply

Quel age avez-vous?

J'ai dix-nuef ans.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 September 2018

6/09/18

Did you have a question?

Nury

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

2 replies

Quel âge est Elle

Nury

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

24/07/18

Elle ai vingt ans

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

25 July 2018

25/07/18

Hi Nury ,

Quel âge a -t-elle? Elle a vingt ans = How old is she? She is twenty 

 

Hope this helps!

Eleanora J.

Kwiziq community member

13 March 2018

5 replies

Quel âge ont ils?


Chris

Kwiziq community member

13 March 2018

13/03/18

Bonjour Eleanora, qu'est-ce que c'est ta question ?

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Ishita

Kwiziq community member

25 May 2018

25/05/18

Ils ont soixante ans.

Brenda

Kwiziq community member

27 May 2018

27/05/18

Ils ont vingt ans

patricia

Kwiziq community member

2 October 2018

2/10/18

please explain I'm not sure.

Eleanora J.

Kwiziq community member

2 October 2018

2/10/18

Sorry, this was not meant to be a question. It was clicked by mistake.

Thanks.

Albouni

Kwiziq community member

10 March 2018

3 replies

Quel âge avez vous ?


Chris

Kwiziq community member

10 March 2018

10/03/18

What's your question Albouni ?

-- Chris.

Bhawna

Kwiziq community member

21 May 2018

21/05/18

J'ai quinze ans.

Eleanora J.

Kwiziq community member

27 May 2018

27/05/18

Hello,

The question was posted by mistake.

Sorry.:)

Emma

Kwiziq community member

27 February 2018

2 replies

Why wouldn’t you say Je Suis

Chris

Kwiziq community member

27 February 2018

27/02/18

Hi Emma,

that's a question that has no answer. It simply is "J'ai vingt ans." if you want to say your age. In French you have the years, you don't are them. It may be a small consolation to know that it must be equally weird from the French learning English.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

27 February 2018

27/02/18

Bonjour Emma !

Like Chris said, I think it's a question of point of view :)

In French, we consider you have [gone through] these years, not that you are "old" of that many years.

That's also why you can never just say "J'ai vingt." but always to mention "ans", because you could have many different things :)

I hope that's helpful!

Bonne journée !

Victor

Kwiziq community member

12 January 2017

6 replies

J'ai vingt-sept ans. J'espère qui je suis plus jeune.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

12 January 2017

12/01/17

Bonjour Victor ! "J'imagine que je suis le plus jeune." is probably what you meant ;) Je suis plus vieille que toi: j'ai trente-deux ans :)

Jackson

Kwiziq community member

3 March 2017

3/03/17

Woah

valentina

Kwiziq community member

1 August 2017

1/08/17

Je suis plus vieille que vous: j'ai cinquante-cinq ans :)

Ozge

Kwiziq community member

14 December 2017

14/12/17

Je suis plus vielille que Victor. j'ai vingt-huit ans.

Susan

Kwiziq community member

11 January 2018

11/01/18

Je suis trop plus vielle. J’ai soixante quatre ans!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

16 January 2018

16/01/18

Bonjour Susan ! You'd say "Je suis beaucoup plus vieille." ;)

Stella

Kwiziq community member

20 November 2016

4 replies

Quel age avez vous?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

21 November 2016

21/11/16

Très bien Stella, juste two little things: accent and hyphen ;) "Quel âge avez-vous ?" À bientôt !

Kyle

Kwiziq community member

29 December 2016

29/12/16

J'ai cinquante neuf ans. A prochaine année j'ai soixante ans.

tariro

Kwiziq community member

12 February 2018

12/02/18

j' ai vingtt ans

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

5 March 2018

5/03/18

@Kyle

"L'année prochaine, j'aurai soixante ans."  :)

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