Algebra: Age Word Problems

Age problems are algebra word problems that deal with the ages of people currently, in the past or in the future.

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Solving Age Word Problems

If the problem involves a single person, then it is similar to an Integer Problem. Read the problem carefully to determine the relationship between the numbers. This is shown in the following example involving a single person.

If the age problem involves the ages of two or more people then using a table would be a good idea. A table will help you to organize the information and to write the equations. This is shown in the age problems: examples involving more than one person.

Age Problems Involving A Single Person

Example 1:
Five years ago, John’s age was half of the age he will be in 8 years. How old is he now?

Step 1: Let x be John’s age now. Look at the question and put the relevant expressions above it.

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Step 2: Write out the equation.

age problem equation

Isolate variable x


Answer: John is now 18 years old.

More Examples Age Word Problems


  1. In 4 years, Ali will be 3 times as old as he is today. How old is Ali today?
  2. Nazrat is 4 years older than Unama. 2 years ago, Nazrat was 5 times as old as Unama. How old is Nazrat today?

Age Word Problems (Algebra I: Linear Equations)

In 40 years, Imran will be 11 times as old as he is right now. How old is he right now?

William is 4 times as old as Ben. 12 years ago, William was 7 times as old as Ben. How old is Ben now?

Age Word Problems In Algebra - Past, Present, Future (System Of Linear Equations)


  1. Sally is 3 times as old as John. 8 years from now, Sally will be twice as old as John. How old is John?
  2. Kim is 6 years more than twice Timothy’s age. 2 years ago, Kim was three times as old as Timothy. How old was Kim 2 years ago?
  3. Leah is 2 less than 3 times Rachel’s age. 3 years from now, Leah will be 7 more than twice Rachel’s age. How old will Rachel be 3 years from now?
  4. Becca is twice as old as Susan and Greg is 9 years older than Susan. 3 years ago, Becca was 9 less than 3 times Susan’s age. How old is Greg now?
  5. Lauren is 3 less than twice Andrew’s age. 4 years from now, Sam will be 2 more than twice Andrew’s age. 5 years ago, Sam was 3 times Andrew’s age. How old was Lauren 5 years ago?
  6. Gabby is 1 year more than twice Larry’s age. 3 years from now, Megan will be 27 less than twice Gabby’s age. 4 years ago, Megan was 1 year less than 3 times Larry’s age. How old will Megan be 3 years from now?

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