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robjen
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 3:26:17 AM
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If you don't know the exact ages of people in a group, can I give a range like this?

(ex) The ages of the two hundred club members range from their thirties to fifties.

Because you don't know the age of the youngest person and the age of the oldest person, can I give a range like this?

Thanks a lot.
thar
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 4:23:23 AM

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Yes, but it is not very natural.


And you have to separate describing people from describing numbers.


The people are in their thirties to fifies.

But their ages range from the thirties to the fifties.
This doesn't feel very natural, though.


Romany
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 1:41:45 PM
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(We'd probably say that the members of the club were mainly "middle-aged").
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:40:15 PM

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Romany wrote:
(We'd probably say that the members of the club were mainly "middle-aged").

But teenagers would say "They were all old people" !

I think that the original would work better if you used only one range (from thirty to sixty) instead of a range of ranges (from their thirties to their fifties).

The ages of the two hundred club members range from thirty to sixty.

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srirr
Posted: Friday, July 13, 2018 1:55:22 AM

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I too think the same. To me, it does not sound good to write like 'range from thirties to fifties'. When we talk of a range, there is a start point and an end point. This should be a specific number.

The ages of the members range from thirty to fifty.

Alternatively, the members are in their thirties to fifties.


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