Today I am going to share the Q&A quoted from my JLPT N5 course!
Sensei, why is 若い子ども not accepted but 小さい子ども is OK?
小さい is used for the age when their bodies are not adult size.
若(わか)い is not used for a baby, infants, child.
We use 若い for teenagers(especially for high school students), not middle-aged.
Their bodies are the same as adults, but they have young minds.
◎小さい子ども small child, infant
◎若い女性(じょせい) young woman, young lady.
◎若い男性(だんせい) young man
あなたはまだ若いですよ You are still young. (=You have a young mind)
むすこはまだ小さいですよ My son is still a small child. (=His body is small)
Adults sometimes say 若い子, but this 子 doesn’t mean 子ども’baby, infants, child,’; it’s a one-word ‘若い子’, which means ‘young man/woman” as old as his children.
I hope my answer helps you.😊
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