use of "running on"

0

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 at 14:59 Andrew New member

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

SanjayJan 22 at 16:41

add comment

2 answers


1

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 at 17:46 Patty T Grammarly Fellow
0

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

link comment answered Jan 22 at 16:36 Sanjay Contributor

Your answer


Write at least 20 characters

Have a question about English grammar, style or vocabulary use? Ask now to get help from Grammarly experts for FREE.