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I want to employ the formation "age groups" in a sentence worded in a different way. Is "age fragments" right to employ? If not, what else could be used?

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    Why do you find "age groups" unsuitable? Sep 8, 2021 at 10:22
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    You're asking for an alternative to "age groups", knowing why this term is unsuitable for your use may influence the choice of alternative terms. Sep 8, 2021 at 10:28
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    Age fragments makes no sense. I don't know the context, but would 'people of similar age' work? Sep 8, 2021 at 10:29
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    Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it's hard to tell exactly what you're asking.
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    Sep 8, 2021 at 11:35
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    How large are the groups in question? For example, we use "generation" to group together people who were born over the course of approximately two decades, but we would not use that for people born in a single year. Sep 8, 2021 at 11:39

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A perfect synonym is "age bracket".

(macmillan) age bracket the range between two particular ages
people in the 50–60 age bracket

(OALD) age group noun, Eng /ˈeɪdʒ ɡruːp/ Am /ˈeɪdʒ ɡruːp/
(also less frequent age bracket) people of a similar age or within a particular range of ages

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  • thanks ! that's all i needed, could we employ it in the plural as age brackets ? Sep 8, 2021 at 12:18
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    I see age bracket more often for informal contexts, such as surveys.
    – rajah9
    Sep 8, 2021 at 12:26
  • @PatrickSchulz Yes, the plural is no problem: books.google.com/ngrams/…
    – LPH
    Sep 8, 2021 at 12:35
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cohort (n.)

A group of individuals having a statistical factor (such as age or class membership) in common in a demographic study

a cohort of premedical students
the cohort of people born in the 1980s m-w

A group of people with a common statistical characteristic. Lexico


The low growth rate for the under-20 cohort reflects the drop in the fertility rate from a peak of 3.61 in 1960 to a low of 1.76 in 1978, a fall-off that gave rise to the baby-buster cohort. P. E. Peterson; The Social Security Primer

The youngest two cohorts were aged 9–10 years (cohort one) and 11–12 years (cohort two) and were still in primary school... The next two cohorts were aged 13–14 years (cohort three) and 15–16 years (cohort four)... L. B. Hendry et al.; Young People's Leisure and Lifestyles

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    I've seen cohort in more academic papers regarding demographics.
    – rajah9
    Sep 8, 2021 at 12:25
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    @rajah9 Yes, the OP mentions a sentence, but doesn't give it to us and doesn't tell us what it's part of.
    – DjinTonic
    Sep 8, 2021 at 21:04
  • @rajah9 My impression is that this use of cohort started off in academic/scientific use, but has been gaining a little currency in general usage.  It's still probably less likely to be understood than a general term such as ‘age group’, though.
    – gidds
    Sep 9, 2021 at 0:52
  • Granted, the OP provided little detail but I'm not sure this is a good fit. "Choose your cohort :" and then a list of ages wouldn't make sense to me Sep 9, 2021 at 4:27
  • @AzorAhai-him- Where does it say "Choose your cohort"? In any case, if the same question is asked, it could be closed and linked to this question. I think cohort is useful info.
    – DjinTonic
    Sep 9, 2021 at 9:42

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