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Non-discriminatory language - Age

If you are referring to specific people in a certain age range, you can make this clear.

Example
My friends tend to be middle-aged.
Hasan is aged about 25.

Where you refer to people in general, you should avoid words and phrases which imply that only people in certain age ranges are included or acceptable.

Example
Not acceptable. This assumes that all students are young.
*Students like 'going clubbing' with other young people.

Acceptable.
Younger students like 'going clubbing' with other young people.

In Writing for University Courses we use examples referring to mature students and to younger ones.

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