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"I'm twenty years old", Is it awkward expression in English? I watched video clip on Youtube about English. ( It says "I'm 20 years old" is kind of awkward expression in English. It also says "I'm 20" sounds more natural for English native. I'm not good at English, So I'm curious about that. Is it real or not?
Aug 23, 2019 11:26 PM
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I don't understand the language spoken in that video, so I can't tell exactly what the speaker means. I think "I'm twenty years old" is perfectly natural. I don't think it's awkward. I think it is slightly more formal than "I'm twenty."
August 23, 2019
There is nothing awkward at all about saying "I'm xx years old". It's a perfectly normal and natural statement. It's longer, so we tend to use it when we want to add emphasis. For example "Mum, come on! I'm eighteen years old! Surely you can let me stay out late on my birthday!' Here's a tip: You need to take most of these 'Here's how native speakers really speak English' videos with a big pinch of salt. They just want to attract viewers. Another typical myth peddled by these youtubers is "native speakers never say 'I'm fine' ". This is all nonsense.
August 24, 2019
"I'm 20 years old" is fine and sounds completely natural. I did not listen to the video, but I wanted to answer your question. What reason did the speaker give for this sounding awkward?
August 24, 2019
Arkward? No. It is slightly more formal and slightly longer, hence a little less common in conversation.
August 24, 2019
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