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Please settle this very silly difference of opinion

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amberdogxK9 Sun 15-Mar-20 14:00:42

I’m 70 in December 2020.
My husband ( quite confidently) says I’m in my 70th year now and that this is the norm. ?
I say I’m not as I’m in my 69th .
I agree I will be in my 70th year this December - God willing . I’m not touchy about age btw .
He’s 74 now and will be 75 in November and thinks he’s in his 75 th year presumably . I’ve had to drop the subject as it’s so petty . Any guidance O wise sybils of Gransnet ? He won’t argue with you .

grandMattie Sun 15-Mar-20 14:04:09

Sooty. Your DH is right. You’re in your 70th year until your birthday, then it’ll be your 71st...

grandMattie Sun 15-Mar-20 14:04:27


glammanana Sun 15-Mar-20 14:05:37

I am 70 in September and think of myself as being in my 70th year.I wonder how you would calculate it if you where born in June ? grin

Namsnanny Sun 15-Mar-20 14:06:47

Well, from birth to your 1st birthday is considered your first year, so the year after your 1st birthday must be the second and so on. I think!! smile

Nico97 Sun 15-Mar-20 14:07:36

Sorry amber but he's right. From the day you're born until your first birthday is your first year, it's like being a year in hand on the actual age that you are. smile

lemongrove Sun 15-Mar-20 14:07:57

Yes, annoyingly for you...he is right.?

Oopsadaisy3 Sun 15-Mar-20 14:08:27

You live for 12 months before you are 1 yr old, so until then you are in your 1st year of life. After your 1st birthday you are in your second year of life.

ninathenana Sun 15-Mar-20 14:09:47

Yes 70th year.
You were drawing breath for 12 mths before your 1st birthday so after that you were in your 2nd year.
Thanks for reminding me that I'm in my 67th year grin

ninathenana Sun 15-Mar-20 14:10:29

Sorry Oops crossed posts.

POGS Sun 15-Mar-20 14:11:58


I would say the same as you.

You will be in your 70's after your 70th birthday in December.

Funny what get's us going off on one ??

Elegran Sun 15-Mar-20 14:12:06

answer these questions one at a time.

1) Imagine you buy two toilet rolls, put one away in the cupboard and hang up the other to use. Until you reach the end of that one, are you on your first roll ?

2) When you were a baby of a few months, were you in your first year until you reached your birthday?

3) When you were one and a half, were you still in your first year or halfway through your second?

Bellanonna Sun 15-Mar-20 14:14:23

Not as bad as being in your 80th, Nina ☹️

Squiffy Sun 15-Mar-20 14:15:19

Fence-sitting here! You’re in your 70th year, but not yet in your seventies! ???

Bellanonna Sun 15-Mar-20 14:15:30

Good analogy Elegran

M0nica Sun 15-Mar-20 14:27:45

Squiffy the perfect solution, as well as being correct.

lemongrove Sun 15-Mar-20 14:31:03

Elegran you have toilet rolls?! Share them immediately.?

Septimia Sun 15-Mar-20 14:34:26

Yes, in your 70th year, but you haven't completed it so you're not actually 70 (complete) years old until your birthday.

Squiffy Sun 15-Mar-20 14:37:46

Thank you Monica! ?

Oopsadaisy3 Sun 15-Mar-20 14:38:37

You are in your 70 th year, but you are still in your Sixties, you’ll be in your 70s until you are 80.
So you are both right.

Gummie Sun 15-Mar-20 14:50:26

He is correct. But don’t tell him ?

crazyH Sun 15-Mar-20 14:54:03

You are 69, until your next Birthday.

allium Sun 15-Mar-20 14:59:05

There must be thousands of 60s, 70s and even 80's helping out with family members and very elderly parents (90s/100s). Don't quite know how to work this out. Can't really leave elderly mother without food etc? (Sorry bit off subject here).

Baggs Sun 15-Mar-20 15:42:21

amberdog, you have already lived for 69 years by the time of your last birthday. Think about a baby: when it reaches its first birthday it has lived for one year already. On its first birthday it enters its second year which comes to an end on its second birthday.

So you are, as you husband says, in your seventieth year.

Patsy70 Sun 15-Mar-20 16:10:26

You are definitely in your 70th year, no argument!