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D00M
Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 2:45:32 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

Which are/is correct and natural?

1) Preference will be given to candidates of under 40 years old.
2) Preference will be given to candidates under 40 years old.
3) Preference will be given to candidates below 40 years of age.
4) Preference will be given to candidates who are under 40 years old.
5) Preference will be given to candidates below 40.
6) Preference will be given to candidates of under 40.


The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
You know who I am
Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 3:01:04 PM

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D00M wrote:
Hello respected teachers,

Which are/is correct and natural?

1) Preference will be given to candidates of under 40 years old.
2) Preference will be given to candidates under 40 years old.
3) Preference will be given to candidates below 40 years of age.
4) Preference will be given to candidates who are under 40 years old.
5) Preference will be given to candidates below 40.
5) Preference will be given to candidates of under 40.


Hello, D00M.

Only 2, 4 and 5 are correct.

1 - doesn't make sense since there are two prepositions of and under; in some contexts it is correct, but not in that one;
3 - is grammatically correct but doesn't sound good since below implies a more physical or locative context;
5 - again there are two prepositions, which isn't grammatically correct.


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Romany
Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 4:54:35 PM
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NB:we wouldn't be able to post a job advertisement with such a requirement. It would be considered Ageist i.e. discriminating against people because of age. Jobs are *supposed* to be available to all: with no discrimination based on race, gender, age,looks, weight etc.

So it astounded me when I first went to China to find not just were jobs advertised with gender restrictions: conditions of female employment in the business world all stipulated she must be under 25, slim and attractive! But that was in 2006 and things have changed.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 5:34:45 PM

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They are all illegal.
georgieporgie
Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 5:57:47 PM
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Wilmar (USA) wrote:
They are all illegal.


... but still practiced, albeit less flagrantly.
NKM
Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 10:51:19 PM

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#2 and #4 are grammatically and syntactically acceptable, if socially questionable.

D00M
Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017 6:52:50 AM

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What about #3, NKM, why is it ungrammatical, please?

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
NKM
Posted: Friday, September 8, 2017 3:34:21 PM

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It's not really ungrammatical, I suppose, but it sounds strange.

We don't normally say "below forty years of age." Rather, we'd say "below the age of forty."

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