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Hi Experts,

which one of the below two statements is correct and why ?

I am 5 years experienced
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I have 5 years of experience
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The second one is correct. "Experienced" can either be an adjective or a verb and "experience" can either be a noun or a verb.

As an adjective, "experienced" has to be used to modify a noun. So, "I am experienced" would be acceptable since "experienced" modifies the word "I". As a verb, it needs a subject and an object. So an example of it used correctly would be "I experienced a torrent of emotions." In that case, "I" is the subject (the thing doing the experiencing), "experienced" is the verb (the action that "I" do) and "a torrent of emotions" is the object (the thing being experienced).

Because "experience" is a transitive verb, it cannot be used with a "helper" verb like "am", which is why "I am 5 years experienced" is not a valid construction.

In the second version (the correct one) experience is being used as a noun. The construction "I have five years of experience" works because with the word "have" you need to know what you have. In this case, that's "five years". However, since the phrase "five years" is ambiguous (are you five years old? Do you have five years of school left?) you need the additional phrase "of experience".
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