use of "running on"


If I'm trying to be facetious and I say "He's 87 running on 8", does that make sense?  By that I'm trying to imply that he will be turning 8 instead of 88.  After all, the elderly do often tend to become like children. 

edited Jan 22 '14 at 14:59 Andrew New member

Native speakers of English do not say: He is 87 running on. It is incorrect.

SanjayJan 22 '14 at 16:41

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Sanjay is right, the phrase is going on, not running on.  Yes, if you are being facetious, you can say:


He is eighty-seven, going on eight. 


That means he is acting like a child, not that he will be turning eight.  You will more often hear the reverse, that a child is trying to act grown up:  she is eight, going on eighteen. 

link comment answered Jan 22 '14 at 17:46 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Native speakers say: "He is 87 going on."  He will turn 88 this November.

link comment answered Jan 22 '14 at 16:36 Sanjay Expert

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