This is taken from a composition of a TOEFL student. composition

I am wondering whether "at the age about" is correct usage or "at the age of about" is just more idiomatic. I would be grateful for any comments.

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    I don't know if your alternatives are really possible (FWIW, they don't sound very good to me), but I think at about the age of seven would be more idiomatic. – Damkerng T. Dec 31 '16 at 8:57
  • The idiomatic expressing is "about the age of", meaning "around the age of". – Peter Dec 31 '16 at 10:13
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    And you know that this essay, good for a TOEFL composition, has more issues than just this, yeah? – Teacher KSHuang Jan 3 '17 at 11:03

As a native English speaker, I see and hear:

at around the age of seven

much more frequently than

at the age about seven


at the age of about seven

Both seem weird to me. About is rarely used to describe age; usually around or approximately, in more formal cases.

at the age around seven

is almost never used, too.

at the age seven

is incorrect. In all except more formal cases, this is used most frequently:

for the children when they were around seven

Hope this helps clarify!

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