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七つの

It's somebody's age. It's like 七歳, isn't it? Is it read as さい or とし?

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  • By the way, I feel this use of 歳 strange, as 七つのとし likely mean "the year when (someone specified in the context) was (/will be) 7 years old", probably not "the age of seven". Is it just alternatively used in the same meaning as 年 or my latter interpretation is also true here?
    – rk03
    Nov 19, 2023 at 13:19
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    ^ 七つの歳 means "the age of seven" and it doesn't sound strange to me.
    – chocolate
    Nov 19, 2023 at 23:50
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    – naruto
    Nov 20, 2023 at 7:39

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It's read ななつのとし, and it means "the age of 7". さい is a unit ("-year-old"), but it's not used as a noun on its own.

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