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I want to say "The first time I heard about something was when I was around 8 years' old".
Is "when I was" here redundant and unnecessary?
Is that a part of object clause?
Are "First time I heard about xyz from friends was around 8." and "8 years' old" correct?

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  • @BillJ: Thank you for answering. I think "The first time I heard about something" is subject, and have verb "was", so I assume the sentence "when I was around 8 years' old" must be object, hence "object clause", isn't it? And, is "8 years old" correct but "8 <i><strong>years'</strong></i> old" not? – Otryaddarkh May 13 '18 at 12:06
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    Your are right that "The first time I heard about something" is subject, but the verb is not transitive ("be" is intransitive) so there is no object. What follows "be" is obligatory, and obligatory items are always complements, and hence "when I was around 8 years' old" is a complement. – BillJ May 13 '18 at 12:35
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    @Otryaddarkh: The verb is was and it will not take an object. Whereas, It has the complement (when I was around 8 years old.) You can reduce the complement -clause as: The first time I heard about it was at the age of eight. BTW 8 years old, not 8 years' old. – mahmud koya May 13 '18 at 12:53
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    A further point about the complement: some people analyse "when" as a subordinator and thus the complement as a subordinate clause. Others follow some modern grammars and take "when" as a preposition, and the complement thus a PP. The latter analysis (which I prefer) can be paraphrased as "at the time when I was around 8 years old". – BillJ May 13 '18 at 13:20

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