How to say your age in a formal way

Which is more formal: What's your age? or How old are you? Is there any other ways to ask for the age? thanks "What's your age?" is more formal in my opi

How to say your age in a formal way

Which is more formal: What's your age? or How old are you?
Is there any other ways to ask for the age?

thanks  "What's your age?" is more formal in my opinion, but there isn't really much difference. There aren't any other ways of asking for someones age that I can think of.  What about "What age are you"? (if we can say "what size are you", why can't we extend this to age?)  "What age are you?" would convey the same meaning, but it's not a common way of asking the question.

Why not? For the same reason that we ask "How tall are you?" rather than "What height are you?", and "How much do you weigh?" rather than "What weight are you?" It's just how we say it.

Ultramarine said:   What about "What age are you"? (if we can say "what size are you", why can't we extend this to age?) Click to expand...
Yes, it probably is grammatically correct to ask in that way but maybe it wouldn't sound very idiomatic to the native ear.

This morning I was at the Science Museum in London, which is very interactive, and there was a kind of "game" which asks you questions. I was surprised to read "What age are you?". So, though not so common that way of asking is indeed used.

AutumnFlower said:   This morning I was at the Science Museum in London, which is very interactive, and there was a kind of "game" which asks you questions. I was surprised to read "What age are you?". So, though not so common that way of asking is indeed used. Click to expand... Yes, I think I've seen that in questionnaires and surveys and the like.

I'd be a bit surprised to hear anybody say it, though.
AutumnFlower said:   This morning I was at the Science Museum in London, which is very interactive, and there was a kind of "game" which asks you questions. I was surprised to read "What age are you?". So, though not so common that way of asking is indeed used. Click to expand... Just because something is used somewhere, that doesn't mean that it's not totally weird, which is the case here in AE.
:cool:


Just to get you thinking, the software might have been written in China.

:rolleyes:

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