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Describing someone ´s age


Describing someone ´s age
Dear colleagues,
What is the best adjective to describe someone in his 50 s ???
I am not sure if we can describe him as an old man or there are other adjectives for this age.
I ll appreciate your comments  in advance.

11 Aug 2015      


Theyre called middle-aged (at least in my culture).

11 Aug 2015     


I agree with that.  We also try to avoid calling someone old.  People in their 60s and up are referred to as "senior citizens" or "elderly".

11 Aug 2015     

United States

I agree with Giorgi and Esther. For people and pets, "old" is only used for very advanced age, and even then, we don t use it often. It is considered offensive.


11 Aug 2015     


Thanks a lot..Gi2gi...EstherLee76  and  yanogator

12 Aug 2015     


You can say:
He is an older genetleman in his 50s.
We avoid old but there is a limit to how long one can be middle-aged (50+50 =100) and not so many of us will be 100  LOL

12 Aug 2015     


You can also make a noun out of his age - "He s a 50-something" is fine, at least in British English.
Other options: He s in his 50s; He s nearing retirement; He s in the prime of his life (this is a good euphemism for someone approaching retirement age); He s a mature gentleman.
In reality, we often avoid making specific reference to age in order to avoid offence. Unless it s really relevant to the context, just leave it out. 

24 Aug 2015