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Recently, my distant relative had a birthday. Is it proper to ask him:

How old did you get?

In the question, I would like to emphasize the fact that his age has changed recently.

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  • "How old did you get" would sound odd to a native speaker because you get (become) older, don't become age or acquire it as a thing. If you are mentioning the birthday, you could add, "How old did you turn?" or even better, as Stew C suggests, "How old are you now?". You mention "his age". Men tend to be fine answering questions about their age. But ask a woman about her age or weight at your own peril.
    – fixer1234
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 20:46
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    "Hey Happy Birthday! I don't remember, is this a milestone birthday?" They will answer you with thanks and offer the years if they so choose.
    – WRX
    Commented Apr 10, 2017 at 20:54
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    You can get old in English but you don't ask someone how old they got. To get old means: to become old.
    – Lambie
    Commented Oct 7, 2019 at 18:21

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Well, it depends. In this situation I would say, "How old did you turn?" But if you are generally asking how old someone is ask, "how old are you?"

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Mm.. not really. That makes it unclear as to when the event took place that you are referring to. Instead we would say (AmE): "How old are you now?" Using now also makes it clear there was a recent change.

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    I agree: "How old are you now?" is the usual way of asking for age anywhere in the world in English. Commented Oct 7, 2019 at 17:48

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