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missfelicity
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 10:01:44 PM

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1. She now has the same size waist as a boy of the same age. (of the same age)
2. When I was your age, I used to work six days a week. (your age)
3. She's the same age as her husband. (the same age)
4. My daughter, Jane, never dreamed of receiving a letter from a girl of her own age in Holland. (of her own age)
5. You need to make friends your age. (your age)

As you can see, some sentences use age with the word "of" and some without "of". Is there a rule? And by the way, can I change the sentence 1 to "she now has the same size as a boy her own age"?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2018 11:28:27 PM

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I don't know a rule - they're all very much interchangeable - as attributive adjectival phrases.
They are different grammatical forms, but work in the same way.
"Of ____ age" is a prepositional phrase. Prepositional phrases are often used as adjectives.
"Your age", "her age", "the same age"and so on are noun phrases, which can also be used as adjectives

As predicate adjective phrases, 'of' does not fit well.

1. She now has the same size waist as a boy of the same age.
She now has the same size waist as a boy the same age.
She now has the same size waist as a boy of her own age.
She now has the same size waist as a boy her own age.

2. When I was your age, I used to work six days a week.

When I was of your age, I used to work six days a week. Possible, but not likely to be used.

3. She's the same age as her husband.
She's of the same age as her husband. I think this is possible, but you'll never hear it from an British person, I believe.

4. My daughter, Jane, never dreamed of receiving a letter from a girl of her own age in Holland.
My daughter, Jane, never dreamed of receiving a letter from a girl her own age in Holland.
My daughter, Jane, never dreamed of receiving a letter from a girl of the same age in Holland.
My daughter, Jane, never dreamed of receiving a letter from a girl the same age in Holland.

5. You need to make friends your age.

You need to make friends of your age. Possible, but definitely not common.
You need to make friends your own age.
You need to make friends of your own age.

You need to make friends of the same age.
You need to make friends the same age.
These two would probably be OK in context, but alone, as single sentences, seem to 'beg the question', "Same age as who?"




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