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I need to create a concise sentence, with as few words as possible (below 7 if possible) from the following description:

Our program will only process files that are newer than 6 months old.

I need to transform it into a sentence, where the '6 months' must be written after a colon. Below is a sentence that I've managed to come up with but still sounds (a bit?) off.

Maximum backdate of file processing: 6 months

I am not sure if the whole sentence even make sense at all, but what I would like to focus on is the word 'backdate'. I looked up the word's meaning but it doesn't seem like it means what I've previously thought. So this sentence might actually not deliver the intended meaning at all.

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  • Could you clarify what your constraints are? Do you need to use the word ‘backdate’ in the sentence? May 19, 2020 at 4:48
  • The only constraint is that the words '6 months' need to be written after a colon. The word 'backdate' doesn't need to be included, it was just an example of a more concise sentence I can think of.
    – Grandevox
    May 19, 2020 at 4:51
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    "Maximum file age: 6 months." It's a phrase, not a sentence (like your example). I don't think you can fit a colon into an actual sentence without a couple of clauses. May 19, 2020 at 5:00
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    @JackO'Flaherty this is exactly what I need! Thank you! Can you write it as an answer so I can accept it?
    – Grandevox
    May 19, 2020 at 5:03
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    OK, Grandevox, I just copied the comment verbatim. May 19, 2020 at 5:08

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"Maximum file age: 6 months."

It's a phrase, not a sentence (like your example). I don't think you can fit a colon into an actual sentence without a couple of clauses

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