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Greetings, to the second week of our Grand Tour of Japan's sacred places. We begin with an expression that's sure to serve you well through the years!

Today's Lesson
(500) YEARS OLD   ~歳、~年前のもの


  • To say the age of a person, animal, place, or thing, we can use the expression years old, as in:

       The building is 500 years old.


       It is a 500-year-old building.

    When talking about people or animals, two other expressions are also possible. For example, if a child is 5 years old, we can say:

       He is a 5-year-old.

    or simply

       He is 5.
  • 人や動物の年齢、場所や物の年代について話すときには、years old という表現を使います。例えば、The building is 500 years old. と言うと、「その建物は、500年前のものだ」という意味になります。また、It is a 500-year-old building. (それは、500年前の建物だ)と言うこともできます。

    人や動物について話す場合は、さらに2つの別の表現を使うこともできます。例えば、子どもが5歳であるときには、He is a 5-year-old. または、単に He is 5. と言うこともでき、いずれも「彼は5歳だ」という意味になります。



  1. The bronze statue in the main hall of the temple is nearly a thousand years old and is a Japanese National Treasure.
  2. After the 700-year-old shrine was destroyed in a fire, plans were made to rebuild it.
  3. She's very well-behaved for a two-year-old, isn't she?
  4. a: How old are you now?
    b: I'm 16.

英会話レッスンWe wish you well!