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A new law in South Korea [meaning / means] South Koreans will be a year or two younger. The law was [passed / past] last Thursday. Before it was passed, there were three different [weighs / ways] that people could tell their age. South Koreans could have three ages. One was an "international age". This is the same [as / was] how most people in the world [calculate / escalate] their age. A baby is zero at [born / birth] and becomes one year old a year after it is [birthday / born] . The second was a "Korean age". Under this system, babies are considered a year old on the day they are born, and then a year is [adds / added] every January the 1st. The third method was a "calendar age". This makes babies zero years old [at / on] birth, and a year is added to their age every January [the / a] 1st.

The new law [simples / simplifies] age in South Korea. Lawmakers hope it will end [confusion / confusing] about how old people are. From June 2023, all official documents must use [a / the] standard international age. It will be used for the legal ages for drinking, getting [marriage / married] , smoking, and military service. It should help [to / for] end legal and social problems caused [by / at] the old system. However, many people will continue to use the Korean age [on / in] informal situations. A Korean Twitter user was [relived / relieved] there is a new law to make things simpler. She tweeted: "I'll become two years younger. I'm so happy. I [twisted / turned] two years old two weeks after I was born, as I was born in December. Finally, I'm about to get my [real / really] age back."

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