October 14, 2015
Use the word "old" when talking about the age of a person or a thing:
- He's ten years old.
- He's a ten-year-old boy. (Notice the use of hyphens!)
- That building is 100 years old.
- It's a hundred-year-old building.
- Wendy and Kevin's baby is just a few weeks old.
- At the age of 16, a young person is old enough to drive.
The word "old" is also used as the opposite of young or new.
- That bread is old. Throw it out.
- My car is so old. It's time to think about buying something to replace it.
- Rob is 67, but he doesn't feel old.
- Sara is 18 and too old to play with dolls.
- The old man who lives next door is moving to an assisted living facility.
- Mathilda feels like an old fogy at work because everyone is twenty years younger than she is. (old fogy = an old person)
You can use "old" to describe a previous relationship or location.
- I went out with some old friends from college last night. (old friends = people whom you have known for a long time, but they might not be "old.")
- Bob got a recommendation from his old boss. (old boss = previous boss)
- Ellen is still in love with her old boyfriend. (old boyfriend = previous boyfriend)
- This is where our old school was located. Now it's gone and replaced by an apartment building.
- Svetlana and Sergei live in the U.S. but they've kept their daily habits as they were in the old country. (old country = the place they come from)
The word "old" appears in some expressions and slang:
- Out with the old, in with the new. (It's time for something new.)
- This daily commute is getting old. (I'm tired of this.)
- Those were the good old days. (a good time in the past)
- They're part of the old boy network. (old boy network = a group of men who are in charge of things)
- Jose borrowed a car from his old man. (old man = father)
- Alex is taking his old lady out to dinner tonight. (old lady = girlfriend or wife)
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