I am not a native speaker, but I am writing a poem, where on a certain line the main character expresses the idea that he wants to reach an age of at least 90 and a couple of years more (not specified how many exactly). I used dictionaries and Internet but cannot find a clear answer. I am thinking of the following line: "It's ninety plus to which I strive". I want to use the word "strive" because of the rhyme. Rythm and metre are also important for me. Some fitting alternatives for "to which" might be: "for which", "whereto", "wherefore". Which of these four is correct (or the best)?

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    To which is fine. Also consider the nineties instead of ninety plus.
    – Lawrence
    Apr 4, 2017 at 11:46
  • If it is It's ninety two unto which I strive, it will be more rhythmic. Several "t" sounds! Apr 4, 2017 at 12:42
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    'for four-score ten and more i strive'
    – Spagirl
    Apr 4, 2017 at 12:47
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    Just as an aside - "wherefore" means "why"; it has nothing to do with location or target.
    – Spratty
    Apr 4, 2017 at 13:58
  • It's ninety years I hope to thrive. Apr 4, 2017 at 16:10

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To reach ninety-some is what I strive

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    This one fits very well with rhyme, rithm and metre and with the kind of wording in the poem. I like it, thank you very much.
    – Rudolf G.
    Apr 4, 2017 at 21:15

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