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.
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.
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