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


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?


Q&A Forum 29 questions, 63 answers

Using ans and age . when i form a sentence j'ai qunize ans. The direct translation is i am 15. How do i say"I am fifteen years old"?

where do i put the word age in the sentence and why?


Asked 3 days ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

The standard and most common way is to say J'ai 15 ans in both cases.

Using ans and age . when i form a sentence j'ai qunize ans. The direct translation is i am 15. How do i say"I am fifteen years old"?

where do i put the word age in the sentence and why?


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Use of "as" and "es"

What is the difference between "es" and "as"? 

Asked 1 month ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

As: you have

Es: you are

Use of "as" and "es"

What is the difference between "es" and "as"? 

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Can you ask Quel Age vous Aveo?

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Digby, 

You could say -

Quel âge vous avez?

Vous avez quel âge?

Quel âge avez-vous?

Take your pick!

 

Should read Quel Age Vous Avez

Quel âge avez vous? sounds good to me.

Thanks Chris and Cécile!

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Can you ask Quel Age vous Aveo?

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IdaA0

Salut, I don't here ans pronounced in these sentesences it sounds like saying I am six ir i am huit j'ai huit ans

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Ida,

I have checked the examples in the above lesson and I can hear 'ans' pronounced...

Salut, I don't here ans pronounced in these sentesences it sounds like saying I am six ir i am huit j'ai huit ans

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

Shouldn't this be changed to the below to avoid any confusion?

Avoir [nombre] ans = To have [number] years

Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super star

Hi Damian,

I see your point, literally it is ‘to have  .... years’ but the correct translation would be, 

to be + age 

Vous correct.

to be = être

être trente trois ans nouveau ahhh.

To be 33 years agao, ahhh.

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

Shouldn't this be changed to the below to avoid any confusion?

Avoir [nombre] ans = To have [number] years

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Quel age ages vous

Asked 6 months ago

Typo!   "Avez," pas "ages"

CécileKwiziq language super star

Hi Janet,

This the language Q&A forum, do you have a question?

J’ai soixante deux ans

Quel age ages vous

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Quel âge as toi?

Asked 7 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Danica,

It should be -

‘Quel âge as-tu?’

Quel âge as toi?

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Qu’el âge as toi?

Asked 7 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super star

Answered....

Qu’el âge as toi?

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Corrigez-moi. S'il vous plaît.

Je suis plus vieux que ma femme.
Asked 8 months ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Sami !

Votre phrase est correcte :)

Corrigez-moi. S'il vous plaît.

Je suis plus vieux que ma femme.

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How do you say you are forty in French

Asked 9 months ago
It is one of the examples given in the lesson.

Ja'i quaranze ans.

How do you say you are forty in French

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You are 40

Asked 9 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer
Vous avez quarante ans?

You are 40

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Quel age avez-vous?

J'ai dix-nuef ans.
Asked 11 months ago
Did you have a question?

Quel age avez-vous?

J'ai dix-nuef ans.

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Quel âge est Elle

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Nury ,

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

 

Hope this helps!

Elle ai vingt ans

Quel âge est Elle

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Quel âge ont ils?


Asked 1 year ago

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

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Ils ont soixante ans.
Ils ont vingt ans
please explain I'm not sure.

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

Thanks.

Quel âge ont ils?


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Quel âge avez vous ?


Asked 1 year ago

What's your question Albouni ?

-- Chris.

J'ai quinze ans.

Hello,

The question was posted by mistake.

Sorry.:)

Quel âge avez vous ?


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Why wouldn’t you say Je Suis

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

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).

AurélieKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

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 !

Why wouldn’t you say Je Suis

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

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
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 :)
Woah
Je suis plus vieille que vous: j'ai cinquante-cinq ans :)
Je suis plus vielille que Victor. j'ai vingt-huit ans.
Je suis trop plus vielle. J’ai soixante quatre ans!
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Susan ! You'd say "Je suis beaucoup plus vieille." ;)

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

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Quel age avez vous?

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Très bien Stella, juste two little things: accent and hyphen ;) "Quel âge avez-vous ?" À bientôt !
J'ai cinquante neuf ans. A prochaine année j'ai soixante ans.
j' ai vingtt ans
AurélieKwiziq language super star

@Kyle

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

Quel age avez vous?

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.j'ai trente ans, je n'ai pas vingt-neuf ans.

j'ai trente ans, je n'ai pas vingt-neuf ans.

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Très bonne phrase Rafael ! FYI: be careful to type your question (or sentence) in the first box ("Ask a new question about this lesson") and not in the case below ("Add more detail to your question"). This way, your question will be displayed more clearly :) À bientôt !

.j'ai trente ans, je n'ai pas vingt-neuf ans.

j'ai trente ans, je n'ai pas vingt-neuf ans.

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J'ai trente et un ans

Asked 2 years ago
LauraKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Shadi - Très bien !

J'ai trente et un ans

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jái trua-huit ans

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Sukanya - Tu as trente-huit ans ?
oui, mercie

jái trua-huit ans

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J'ai onze ans. Quel age avez-vous?

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Sophia ! Tu es jeune ! Moi j'ai trente et un ans, je suis plus vieille que toi :)

J'ai onze ans. Quel age avez-vous?

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J'ai trente neuf ans

Comment dire "on my next birtuday I will be.." En septembre prochain j'aurai quarante ans
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Nadya ! Bravo ! Indeed you can say "En septembre/mai/avril... prochain, j'aurai ... ans.". In a more general sense, you can also use "L'année prochaine, j'aurai ... ans." (next year...) I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !
Merci beaucoup

J'ai trente neuf ans

Comment dire "on my next birtuday I will be.." En septembre prochain j'aurai quarante ans

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Vous avec soizante ans

Asked 3 years ago
JimC1
Vous avez soixante ans. What would you like to ask?

Vous avec soizante ans

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J'ai dixsept

J'ai dix-sept ans.
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Alice ! Yes, the second sentence is the correct one in French ! Bravo !

J'ai dixsept

J'ai dix-sept ans.

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How do I know when to put a dash between words? Example: as-tu, avez-vous.

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Hope !

The hyphen between a verb and its subject (person who does the action of that verb) is there to show these are not in their normal order, in particular in questions when they are inverted and the verb comes first:

E.g. As-tu un frère ?   (Do you have a brother?)  as opposed to    Tu as un frère.  (You have a brother.)

I hope that's helpful!

How do I know when to put a dash between words? Example: as-tu, avez-vous.

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quel age as tu

quell age as-tu prochain moi
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Sterlin !

The question is indeed: Quel âge as-tu ?
However, I don't quite understand what you meant by "Quel âge as-tu prochain moi ?"

quel age as tu

quell age as-tu prochain moi

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Quel âge avez-vou?

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq language super star
J'ai quarante-deux ans.
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Et moi, j'ai trente-et-un ans. Et vous, quel âge avez-vous ?
J'ai soixante-et-un ans. Je suis très sage.
;-)
;-)

Quel âge avez-vou?

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J'ai soixante-un ans.

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq language super star
Très bien !
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Actually, as always with numbers in French, there's a slight difficulty when it comes to "....one" numbers: vingt-ET-un trente-ET-un etc soixante-et-un soixante-ET-onze BUT quatre-vingt-UN and quatre-vingt-ONZE Go figure ;)
LauraKwiziq language super star
Tu as raison Aurélie, je suis bête. Par contre, il n'y a pas de trait d'union avec et : vingt et un trente et un etc.

J'ai soixante-un ans.

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