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?

 

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

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

Damian

Kwiziq community member

24 March 2019

1 reply

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

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

24 March 2019

24/03/19

Hi Damian,

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

to be + age 

Janet

Kwiziq community member

20 February 2019

3 replies

Quel age ages vous

Janet

Kwiziq community member

20 February 2019

20/02/19

Typo!   "Avez," pas "ages"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

20 February 2019

20/02/19

Hi Janet,

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

Catherine

Kwiziq community member

10 March 2019

10/03/19

J’ai soixante deux ans

Danica

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2019

1 reply

Quel âge as toi?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

21 January 2019

21/01/19

Hi Danica,

It should be -

‘Quel âge as-tu?’

Danica

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2019

1 reply

Qu’el âge as toi?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

21 January 2019

21/01/19

Answered....

Sami

Kwiziq community member

14 December 2018

1 reply

Corrigez-moi. S'il vous plaît.

Je suis plus vieux que ma femme.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

14 December 2018

14/12/18

Bonjour Sami !

Votre phrase est correcte :)

Jozef

Kwiziq community member

18 November 2018

1 reply

How do you say you are forty in French

Chris

Kwiziq community member

19 November 2018

19/11/18

It is one of the examples given in the lesson.

Jozef

Kwiziq community member

18 November 2018

1 reply

You are 40

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

19 November 2018

19/11/18

Vous avez quarante ans?

David

Kwiziq community member

6 September 2018

1 reply

Quel age avez-vous?

J'ai dix-nuef ans.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 September 2018

6/09/18

Did you have a question?

Nury

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

2 replies

Quel âge est Elle

Nury

Kwiziq community member

24 July 2018

24/07/18

Elle ai vingt ans

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

25 July 2018

25/07/18

Hi Nury ,

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

 

Hope this helps!

Eleanora J.

Kwiziq community member

13 March 2018

5 replies

Quel âge ont ils?


Chris

Kwiziq community member

13 March 2018

13/03/18

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

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Ishita

Kwiziq community member

25 May 2018

25/05/18

Ils ont soixante ans.

Brenda

Kwiziq community member

27 May 2018

27/05/18

Ils ont vingt ans

patricia

Kwiziq community member

2 October 2018

2/10/18

please explain I'm not sure.

Eleanora J.

Kwiziq community member

2 October 2018

2/10/18

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

Thanks.

Clever stuff underway!