Tener [número] años = To be [number] years old

In Spanish, we use the verb tener (to have) to talk about age. To say I am [number] years old, we use tengo [number of years] + años. 

Read and listen to these sentences:

Tengo 30 años.
I am 30 years old. [lit: I have 30 years]

Yo tengo veintiséis años.
I am twenty-six years old.

Tengo 57 años ¿Y tú?
I am 57 years old, and you?

To ask how old someone is, you can use either the informal form (tienes), or the formal usted form (tiene). You're literally asking How many years do you have?

¿Cuántos años tienes?
How old are you?

¿Cuántos años tiene usted?
How old are you? [formal]

Unlike English, note that:
1. you cannot omit años in this expression.
2. we never use the verbs ser or estar (to be) to talk about age.
GRAMMAR: Yo tengo is the first person form (I) of the verb tener (to have) in El Presente.

Learn more about these related Spanish grammar topics

Examples and resources

Yo tengo veintiséis años.
I am twenty-six years old.


Tengo 57 años ¿Y tú?
I am 57 years old, and you?


¿Cuántos años tienes?
How old are you?


¿Cuántos años tiene usted?
How old are you? [formal]


Tengo 30 años.
I am 30 years old. [lit: I have 30 years]


Q&A

Ahmed

Kwiziq community member

11 February 2019

1 reply

why i never reach 100% is there something i supposed to do rather than answering the 2 questions?

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

11 February 2019

11/02/19

Hi Ahmed - yes, the kwizzes at the end of each lesson are just 'tasters' - they don't test everything available in the lesson.

If you kwiz against your dashboard recommended studylist, or a particular level, or create your own notebook and kwiz against that then KwizBot will ensure you work through everything available and you will be able to score higher.

Hope that helps!

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