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?

 

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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?


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.


Q&A Forum 29 questions, 64 answers

DankA0Kwiziq community member

Using ans and age . when i form a sentence j'ai qunize ans. The direct translation is i am 15. How do i say"I am fifteen years old"?

where do i put the word age in the sentence and why?


Asked 2 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

The standard and most common way is to say J'ai 15 ans in both cases.

ELIA0Kwiziq community member

"ans" relates to age in the sentence format you are using.

Using ans and age . when i form a sentence j'ai qunize ans. The direct translation is i am 15. How do i say"I am fifteen years old"?

where do i put the word age in the sentence and why?


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Use of "as" and "es"

What is the difference between "es" and "as"? 

Asked 3 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

As: you have

Es: you are

Use of "as" and "es"

What is the difference between "es" and "as"? 

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DigbyA0Kwiziq community member

Can you ask Quel Age vous Aveo?

Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Digby, 

You could say -

Quel âge vous avez?

Vous avez quel âge?

Quel âge avez-vous?

Take your pick!

 

DigbyA0Kwiziq community member

Should read Quel Age Vous Avez

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Quel âge avez vous? sounds good to me.

DigbyA0Kwiziq community member

Thanks Chris and Cécile!

AimeeA0Kwiziq community member

Non

Can you ask Quel Age vous Aveo?

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IdaA0Kwiziq community member

Salut, I don't here ans pronounced in these sentesences it sounds like saying I am six ir i am huit j'ai huit ans

Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Ida,

I have checked the examples in the above lesson and I can hear 'ans' pronounced...

Salut, I don't here ans pronounced in these sentesences it sounds like saying I am six ir i am huit j'ai huit ans

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DamianA1Kwiziq community member

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

Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Damian,

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

to be + age 

Samatha MarquettaA0Kwiziq community member

Vous correct.

Samatha MarquettaA0Kwiziq community member

to be = être

Samatha MarquettaA0Kwiziq community member

être trente trois ans nouveau ahhh.

To be 33 years agao, ahhh.

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

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JanetA0Kwiziq community member

Quel age ages vous

Asked 7 months ago
JanetA0Kwiziq community member

Typo!   "Avez," pas "ages"

CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Janet,

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

CatherineA0Kwiziq community member

J’ai soixante deux ans

Quel age ages vous

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DanicaC1Kwiziq community member

Quel âge as toi?

Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Danica,

It should be -

‘Quel âge as-tu?’

Quel âge as toi?

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Qu’el âge as toi?

Asked 8 months ago
CécileKwiziq team member

Answered....

Qu’el âge as toi?

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SamiA0Kwiziq community member

Corrigez-moi. S'il vous plaît.

Je suis plus vieux que ma femme.
Asked 10 months ago
AurélieKwiziq team member

Bonjour Sami !

Votre phrase est correcte :)

Corrigez-moi. S'il vous plaît.

Je suis plus vieux que ma femme.

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JozefA0Kwiziq community member

How do you say you are forty in French

Asked 11 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
It is one of the examples given in the lesson.
JanetA0Kwiziq community member

Ja'i quaranze ans.

How do you say you are forty in French

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You are 40

Asked 11 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer
Vous avez quarante ans?

You are 40

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DavidA0Kwiziq community member

Quel age avez-vous?

J'ai dix-nuef ans.
Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Did you have a question?

Quel age avez-vous?

J'ai dix-nuef ans.

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NuryA0Kwiziq community member

Quel âge est Elle

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Nury ,

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

 

Hope this helps!

NuryA0Kwiziq community member
Elle ai vingt ans

Quel âge est Elle

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Quel âge ont ils?


Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

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

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

IshitaA0Kwiziq community member
Ils ont soixante ans.
BrendaA1Kwiziq community member
Ils ont vingt ans
PatriciaA0Kwiziq community member
please explain I'm not sure.
Eleanora J.A1Kwiziq community member

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

Thanks.

Quel âge ont ils?


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Quel âge avez vous ?


Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

What's your question Albouni ?

-- Chris.

BhawnaA1Kwiziq community member
J'ai quinze ans.
Eleanora J.A1Kwiziq community member

Hello,

The question was posted by mistake.

Sorry.:)

Quel âge avez vous ?


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EmmaA0Kwiziq community member

Why wouldn’t you say Je Suis

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Emma,

that's a question that has no answer. It simply is "J'ai vingt ans." if you want to say your age. In French you have the years, you don't are them. It may be a small consolation to know that it must be equally weird from the French learning English.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Emma !

Like Chris said, I think it's a question of point of view :)

In French, we consider you have [gone through] these years, not that you are "old" of that many years.

That's also why you can never just say "J'ai vingt." but always to mention "ans", because you could have many different things :)

I hope that's helpful!

Bonne journée !

Why wouldn’t you say Je Suis

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VictorA0Kwiziq community member

J'ai vingt-sept ans. J'espère qui je suis plus jeune.

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Victor ! "J'imagine que je suis le plus jeune." is probably what you meant ;) Je suis plus vieille que toi: j'ai trente-deux ans :)
JacksonA0Kwiziq community member
Woah
ValentinaA1Kwiziq community member
Je suis plus vieille que vous: j'ai cinquante-cinq ans :)
Ozge A1Kwiziq community member
Je suis plus vielille que Victor. j'ai vingt-huit ans.
SusanA1Kwiziq community member
Je suis trop plus vielle. J’ai soixante quatre ans!
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Susan ! You'd say "Je suis beaucoup plus vieille." ;)

J'ai vingt-sept ans. J'espère qui je suis plus jeune.

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StellaA1Kwiziq community member

Quel age avez vous?

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Très bien Stella, juste two little things: accent and hyphen ;) "Quel âge avez-vous ?" À bientôt !
KyleA0Kwiziq community member
J'ai cinquante neuf ans. A prochaine année j'ai soixante ans.
TariroA0Kwiziq community member
j' ai vingtt ans
AurélieKwiziq team member

@Kyle

"L'année prochaine, j'aurai soixante ans."  :)

Quel age avez vous?

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.j'ai trente ans, je n'ai pas vingt-neuf ans.

j'ai trente ans, je n'ai pas vingt-neuf ans.

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Très bonne phrase Rafael ! FYI: be careful to type your question (or sentence) in the first box ("Ask a new question about this lesson") and not in the case below ("Add more detail to your question"). This way, your question will be displayed more clearly :) À bientôt !

.j'ai trente ans, je n'ai pas vingt-neuf ans.

j'ai trente ans, je n'ai pas vingt-neuf ans.

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J'ai trente et un ans

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Shadi - Très bien !

J'ai trente et un ans

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jái trua-huit ans

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Sukanya - Tu as trente-huit ans ?
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oui, mercie

jái trua-huit ans

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SophiaA0Kwiziq community member

J'ai onze ans. Quel age avez-vous?

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Sophia ! Tu es jeune ! Moi j'ai trente et un ans, je suis plus vieille que toi :)

J'ai onze ans. Quel age avez-vous?

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Nadya A2Kwiziq community member

J'ai trente neuf ans

Comment dire "on my next birtuday I will be.." En septembre prochain j'aurai quarante ans
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Nadya ! Bravo ! Indeed you can say "En septembre/mai/avril... prochain, j'aurai ... ans.". In a more general sense, you can also use "L'année prochaine, j'aurai ... ans." (next year...) I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !
Nadya A2Kwiziq community member
Merci beaucoup

J'ai trente neuf ans

Comment dire "on my next birtuday I will be.." En septembre prochain j'aurai quarante ans

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AnneA2Kwiziq community member

Vous avec soizante ans

Asked 3 years ago
JimC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Vous avez soixante ans. What would you like to ask?

Vous avec soizante ans

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J'ai dixsept

J'ai dix-sept ans.
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Alice ! Yes, the second sentence is the correct one in French ! Bravo !

J'ai dixsept

J'ai dix-sept ans.

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HopeA0Kwiziq community member

How do I know when to put a dash between words? Example: as-tu, avez-vous.

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member

Bonjour Hope !

The hyphen between a verb and its subject (person who does the action of that verb) is there to show these are not in their normal order, in particular in questions when they are inverted and the verb comes first:

E.g. As-tu un frère ?   (Do you have a brother?)  as opposed to    Tu as un frère.  (You have a brother.)

I hope that's helpful!

How do I know when to put a dash between words? Example: as-tu, avez-vous.

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SterlinA1Kwiziq community member

quel age as tu

quell age as-tu prochain moi
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member

Bonjour Sterlin !

The question is indeed: Quel âge as-tu ?
However, I don't quite understand what you meant by "Quel âge as-tu prochain moi ?"

quel age as tu

quell age as-tu prochain moi

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Quel âge avez-vou?

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
J'ai quarante-deux ans.
AurélieKwiziq team member
Et moi, j'ai trente-et-un ans. Et vous, quel âge avez-vous ?
LeahA0Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
J'ai soixante-et-un ans. Je suis très sage.
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;-)
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;-)

Quel âge avez-vou?

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J'ai soixante-un ans.

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
Très bien !
AurélieKwiziq team member
Actually, as always with numbers in French, there's a slight difficulty when it comes to "....one" numbers: vingt-ET-un trente-ET-un etc soixante-et-un soixante-ET-onze BUT quatre-vingt-UN and quatre-vingt-ONZE Go figure ;)
LauraKwiziq team member
Tu as raison Aurélie, je suis bête. Par contre, il n'y a pas de trait d'union avec et : vingt et un trente et un etc.

J'ai soixante-un ans.

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