Look at that about ten year boy.

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taked4700

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japanese japan
Hi,

There is a boy who seems to be about ten years old. You want someone by you to look at that boy.

1. Look at that about ten year boy over there.

2. Look at that boy about ten years old over there.

Which is idiomatic?

I think 1. is not idiomatic.
Thanks in advance.
 
  • taked4700

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    japanese japan
    Thank you, Glasguensis.

    How about this:

    1. There is a boy about ten years old in a park.

    2. There is an about ten year boy in a park.

    I guess 1. is idiomatic.

    Thanks in advance.
     

    taked4700

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    japanese japan
    Today I'm going to fix the roof. I need a ladder around three meters long.

    Could I say, "I need an around three meter ladder."?

    Thanks in advance.
     

    taked4700

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    japanese japan
    Thank you, PaulQ, Keith and spilorrific.

    This is very interesting.

    Let me make sure of my understanding.

    1. Look at that ten year old boy.
    2. There is a ten year old boy in a park.
    3. I need a three meter long ladder.

    All of the three are idiomatic. Am I right?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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