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Common Mistakes in Spanish (Part 05) -Errores Comunes en Español (Parte 05)

 Soy + Age

In Spanish, you don't say you are a certain age, you say you have a certain age. This means that you use the word tener(to have) and notser(to be) when saying how old someone is.EnglishCorrect SpanishIncorrect Spanish

I'm sixteen years old.
Tengo dieciséis años.
Soy dieciséis años.(x)

You're twenty years old.
Tienes veinte años.
Eres veinte años.(x)

He/She is forty years old.
Tiene cuarenta años.
Es cuarenta años.(x)


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May 7, 2020 3:26 PM
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