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- “Do you think dying your hair will take at least a decade off your age or it will damage your hair?”

- Dear Sally! I use “will take at least a decade off your age” here to mean “will at least make you look 10 years younger”. Does the sentence above sound natural in daily conversations?

- Thank you so much, Sally!

hi, Steven,

First of all, "dyeing" is the word you want, not "dying," which means to die (lose one's life) rather than to dye (change color).

Secondly, your phrasing is fine and does mean what you intend.

Best to you. Please rate my response.


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Sally Ember, Ed.D.


I can answer any grammar, writing, reading, editing and proofreading questions for nonfiction, fiction, literary criticism. I can also help in most content areas except for hard science and narrow areas of history. Specialize in E.S.L. , those with learning disabilities and processing problems. Clarity, fun, and simple answers as well as assisting with improving to excellence.


Many years teaching K - 12 and college-level writing. Degrees in education through doctorate. Published nonfiction and fiction writer.

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B.A., Elementary Ed., social science/language arts concentrations Experience teaching high school and college Master's and doctorate in education Writing instructor at secondary and post-secondary levels, including GRE and SAT preparation high scores on PSAT, SAT, GRE and National Teaching Exams

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