Saturday, March 5, 2011

English Common errors: Aged – English editing.

When it means ‘very old’, aged (pronounced) is mainly used in formal style, usually in the phrase the aged: ‘The poor and the aged are entitled to free health care.’

The usual word for this meaning is elderly, which also sounds polite: ‘The photograph was of an elderly gentleman with a white moustache.’

‘The building has been converted into a retirement home for the elderly.’

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