1. If I want to say "more than a hundred years", which one is correct?

a. 百余年

b. 一百多年

One of the example in ichacha "五十余年: fifty odd years" makes me wonder why 余 is used instead of 多. So, when should we use 余 and 多?

2. In almost every online dictionary I've checked, aside from being classifier for age ('years old'), 岁 can also mean 'year'. Is there any example of it being used to say 'year' but not age?

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Both are fine but there is a subtle difference.

百余年 is rather formal and literary, and sounds like something from transcript of a documentary / speech / piece of writing. You would rarely say 百余年 in daily conversations.

一百多年 can also be used in writing but people also use it in colloquial situations.

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