So my sentence is

X has showed me a maturity in thinking beyond his age.

However, I find it very weird. Do we have another way to say the sentence ?

  • @EdwinAshworth The linked question is about someone who visually appears older than his age.
    – MetaEd
    Aug 5, 2016 at 16:04
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    Aug 5, 2016 at 16:04
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    @EdwinAshworth Then the linked question is unclear because the title misleads. The title should be corrected or the question closed for revision. We still should not be linking this question to it.
    – MetaEd
    Aug 5, 2016 at 16:20
  • @EdwinAshworth I agree with that one.
    – MetaEd
    Aug 5, 2016 at 17:01

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Are you talking about X's scholarly potential or do you want to indicate X's broader skills? I think "precocious" is mostly used for various intellectual, musical or even athletic metrics. You can be intellectually precocious and still lack maturity. The brainy, precocious nerd with zero social skills and minimal emotional development is not entirely a television creation.

You can say X showed a maturity beyond his years, and everyone will understand that you are not referring to X's physical development, but to X's ability to cope with events and concepts in an adult-like manner.


You are probably looking for precocious:

  • unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development: a precocious child.


  • X showed me how precocious he/she was.

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